Casey at the Bat

Ernest L. Thayer
Joe Morse

Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. Casey at the Bat, the fourth book in the series, is more than a poem about a proud and mighty slugger who strikes out during the big game. It is a slice of baseball lore, as much a part of the game as hot dogs and the seventh-inning stretch.

Illustrator Joe Morse sets the poem on gritty urban streets with a multiracial cast of characters. It's a startlingly fresh approach that not only revives the poem for a new generation, but also brings it new richness and depth.

978-1-55453-458-6 | Mar 1, 2010
List Price: USD $9.95, CAD $11.95
4-color 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 48 pages
Grades: 5 To 9 / Ages: 10 to 14

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Awards & Reviews

“[O]ne of the most striking Canadian picture books of the year.”
— Quill and Quire, December 2006
“The artist captures the explosive action ... and extends (the poem's) relevance to a new generation of readers.”
— School Library Journal, July 2006
“Morse's illustrations ... yank this classic and wonderfully told story out of the realm of nostalgia.”
— The National Post, April 2006
2008 - Young Adult Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
2007 - Books for the Teen Age List, New York Public Library, Winner
2007 - Best Books for Young Adults, YALSA American Library Association, Short-listed
2007 - Texas Lone Star Reading List, Short-listed
2007 - Notable Children's Books in Language Arts, NCTE, Winner
2006 - Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed
2006 - Society of Illustrators Original Art Competition, Short-listed
2006 - Books of the Year, Quill and Quire, Winner

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