Fall ball

Peter McCarty

Book - 2013

"Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather. Flying leaves, swirling colors, and crisp air make the perfect setting for a game of football with Sparky the dog. The kids are surprised by how quickly it gets dark, and even more surprised when it begins to snow. But there's no need to worry--the chilly nights ahead will mean watching football on the couch with family, tucked under a cozy blanket"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
ISBN
9780805092530
0805092536
Main Author
Peter McCarty (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

McCarty celebrates the fall season in this picture-book ode to falling leaves, warm sweaters, and football. A slew of egg-shaped kids of varying ethnicities are traveling home from school on the bus, happy because "they have waited all day for their chance to play." Once the seven boys and two girls get off at the same stop, it's time for football in the park. Sparky the Hondo-esque dog joins in the fun, capturing the ball in his mouth and running through a pile of freshly raked leaves. When it's time to go home, there's yummy pie on the table, warm blankets on the couch, and, yes, football on TV. (Snowflakes gently falling outside make a picture-perfect backdrop.) This story, while slight, is fall coziness personified. McCarty's pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations are full of familiar McCarty details, like the tiny bunny pictured on the side of the school bus and framed pictures of chickens—and kids will have fun spotting them. An old-timey-feeling picture book, this is high on nostalgia, both for football and a simpler way of life. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Autumn beckons in this nostalgic ode to football season, which features an after-school scrimmage among nine grade-school children. In all, seven boys and two girls bounce home on their school bus, disembarking in a safe, tree-lined neighborhood. "Football in the park in ten minutes!" Bobby tells his friends, before calling to his mother, "I'll be back when it's dark!" Except for Jimmy, who dutifully rakes leaves, the children initiate a game that is disrupted by Sparky, a mischievous golden retriever resembling Hondo, of McCarty's Hondo and Fabian. McCarty insiders will notice many such cozy details from past books, from chicken- and rabbit-themed decorations to fond football references. In his familiar pen-and-ink and watercolors, McCarty pictures squat, doll-faced children bundled in woolly sweaters. These same-age, same-size, moderately diverse kids play outside until snowflakes fall and a blue haze announces twilight. As in Night Driving and Moon Plane, McCarty salutes an idealized middle-class Americana, down to the clunky TV on which a cohesive nuclear family watches an evening football game. Grandparents will be charmed—actual children, perhaps less so. Ages 4–8. Agent: Gotham Group. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 1—McCarty's expert pen-and-ink and watercolor style lends a crispness so powerful that readers of this ode to fall may find themselves reaching for a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa after the very first leaf-filled spread. A large yellow school bus bounces along an old bumpy road, carrying children eagerly anticipating a chance to play outside. Bobby organizes a gang of neighborhood kids for a game of football, but Jimmy dutifully, if unrealistically, chooses to keep raking leaves-a chore complicated by a feisty dog. When Sparky intercepts a pass and carries it straight through Jimmy's carefully raked pile, they all end up covered in crunchy leaves. The illustrations turn dusky-hued and moms start calling out names, bidding children home as snowflakes start falling. At first they protest, but "back in the house, there are good things to eat. There are cozy pajamas and warm blankets." And, the final spread shows a family of three wedged onto a couch together, more football to watch. While the story lacks McCarty's usual emotional nuance, readers will certainly identify with the reluctance to come inside and the joys of warm indoor family time. Families and educators will welcome this addition to the compendium of fall stories.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Young Bobby, his friends and his dog Sparky enjoy a game of football played in the flying leaves, swirling colors and crisp air before an early sunset and a surprise snowfall prompt Bobby's family to snuggle on the couch together to watch a game on television. By the author of Jeremy Draws a Monster.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather. Flying leaves, swirling colors, and crisp air make the perfect setting for a game of football with Sparky the dog. The kids are surprised by how quickly it gets dark, and even more surprised when it begins to snow. But there's no need to worry--the chilly nights ahead will mean watching football on the couch with family, tucked under a cozy blanket"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather. Flying leaves, swirling colors, and crisp air make the perfect setting for a game of football with Sparky the dog. The kids are surprised by how quickly it gets dark, and even more surprised when it begins to snow. But there's no need to worry—the chilly nights ahead will mean watching football on the couch with family, tucked under a cozy blanket.