Illustrated Novel with Heart and Baseball

Today I have an illustrated novel with heart and baseball.  When your position on the team is bench warmer, you have to posses a certain realistic attitude about life.  Steve is self effacing and funny and the bumbling antics of the adults around him only add to the fun.  Some slapstick and some honest analysis make this a book with heart and humor.

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Title: King of the Bench: No Fearking of the bench illustrated novel with heart and baseball

Author: Steve Moore

Target: Grade 4-6

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Steve is the king of the bench, a literal bench warmer, and he doesn’t want to brag, it’s just a fact. Written in the first person, Steve shares his challenges as he develops a severe phobia of going up to bat after a ball hits his friend in the schnoz! He also narrates his life which is filled with quirky friends, supportive parents and a championship game on the line.

Why I love this book:

  • This is a fun illustrated novel with plenty of hilarious graphics to accompany a clever text. Steve is self aware and absolutely average which makes him incredibly likable.
  • I love that Steve and his friends make the team despite a disastrous tryout and megger game play performance in general. They are certainly not the hot shots, but they relish their roles.
  • Nice girl character Becky who is a team player and a great athlete.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who love baseball. This book is actually delves into the game quite a bit. Perfect for fans of illustrated novels such as Timmy Failure.

Final thoughts:

Nice new entrant into the illustrated novel category.

To purchase this book:

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