Published by Clarion Books
Summary: In this almost-wordless picture book, a boy convinces a slightly bigger kid to let him play baseball. He’s sent to the outfield, and soon a ball is heading his way. “I got it!” he calls, and immediately, a series of outcomes starts playing out in his mind. The first is pretty straightforward: he trips over a root, falls on his face, and his teammates cringe in disbelief. As the ball moves closer and closer to his glove, his imaginings get wilder: he pictures himself colliding with a tree; shrinking so that an enormous ball looms over him; flying with birds over the heads of his oversized teammates. And then–”I got it!”–he catches the ball. The other kids cheer wildly, and the boy walks off the field with them, confidently tossing the ball into the air. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Another (almost) wordless wonder from Caldecott medalist David Wiesner. Readers will need to look closely to understand what is going on, but they will be rewarded with a happy and satisfying ending. As always, the illustrations are gorgeous and wildly imaginative.
Cons: I didn’t get it; I had to read reviews to figure out what was going on. Once I understood the concept that the boy was imagining different outcomes, it all fell into place for me, but I’m guessing many kids will need some help understanding this.