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Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio



by
Jonah Winter
illustrated by
James E. Ransome

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781416940807
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Swarmed by reporters wherever he went, Joe DiMaggio just smiled, letting his batting do the talking. “Crushing another ball into the stands, game after game.” Author’s note and Joe DiMaggio stats. Sources. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Dewey

796.357092

AR

4.7: points 0.5

Lexile

720L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Nov 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999). U.S. baseball players. Biography. Major League Baseball. League records. Sports.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In this superb tribute, Winter limns DiMaggio’s life, career, and legend in a lively conversational style. In the 1920s, “baseball was all people talked about for seven months out of the year,” and young DiMaggio grew up playing and dreaming of baseball, but his fisherman father expected his son to follow in his footsteps. Faced with his father’s disapproval, quiet DiMaggio let his actions do the talking: “Joe, he kept his mouth shut and kept on swinging that bat.” He was only 19 when his talents won him a place on the Yankees’ starting lineup, stepping into the shoes of retiring Babe Ruth. DiMaggio seamlessly moved on to his own glorious career, highlighted by his unparalleled 56-game hitting streak. Ransome’s vibrant watercolors complement Winter’s compelling storytelling. Underscoring DiMaggio’s quiet persona, Ransome sets the shy ballplayer apart amid his talkative family and boisterous teammates. His images reveal DiMaggio’s prowess and strength as he waits at home plate, bat gripped in his hands, in his famous wide-legged batting stance. An exciting series of illustrations details the tense duel between DiMaggio and tough knuckleball pitcher Dutch Leonard, who nearly ended DiMaggio’s streak. Fans and newcomers alike will relish this delightful tribute to the ballplayer whose life seemed to embody the American dream. For perspective on DiMaggio’s career, see Phil Bildner’s The Unforgettable Season: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of 1941 (Putnam, 2011) and Rob Skead’s Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. the Rookie Joe DiMaggio (Carolrhoda, 2013). Meanwhile, Winter and Ransome’s well-crafted book is an out-of-the-park triumph.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this superb tribute, Winter limns DiMaggio’s life, career, and legend in a lively conversational style. In the 1920s, “baseball was all people talked about for seven months out of the year,” and young DiMaggio grew up playing and dreaming of baseball, but his fisherman father expected his son to follow in his footsteps. Faced with his father’s disapproval, quiet DiMaggio let his actions do the talking: “Joe, he kept his mouth shut and kept on swinging that bat.” He was only 19 when his talents won him a place on the Yankees’ starting lineup, stepping into the shoes of retiring Babe Ruth. DiMaggio seamlessly moved on to his own glorious career, highlighted by his unparalleled 56-game hitting streak. Ransome’s vibrant watercolors complement Winter’s compelling storytelling. Underscoring DiMaggio’s quiet persona, Ransome sets the shy ballplayer apart amid his talkative family and boisterous teammates. His images reveal DiMaggio’s prowess and strength as he waits at home plate, bat gripped in his hands, in his famous wide-legged batting stance. An exciting series of illustrations details the tense duel between DiMaggio and tough knuckleball pitcher Dutch Leonard, who nearly ended DiMaggio’s streak. Fans and newcomers alike will relish this delightful tribute to the ballplayer whose life seemed to embody the American dream. For perspective on DiMaggio’s career, see Phil Bildner’s The Unforgettable Season: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of 1941 (Putnam, 2011) and Rob Skead’s Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. the Rookie Joe DiMaggio (Carolrhoda, 2013). Meanwhile, Winter and Ransome’s well-crafted book is an out-of-the-park triumph.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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