Item description for The Bat Boy And His Violin (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) by Gavin Curtis & E. B. Lewis...
Overview Reginald's love for the violin is not supported by his father, who needs a batboy for his struggling National Negro League baseball team, but Reginald learns he can inspire his teammates by playing in the dugout. Jr Lib Guild.
Publishers Description ""Is -- Reginald -- at -- it -- again?" Papa shouts between notes." ""Hush up," Mama says, "I just love this one."" "Papa sometimes comes home in a bad mood because he's the manager of the Dukes -- the worst team in the Negro National League." Reginald loves his violin. His constant practice pays off in floods of beautiful music. But Papa could care less about Reginald's "fiddling." He's more concerned about the Dukes's losing streak, and he needs his son for something other than playing music. When Papa makes Reginald the Dukes's bat boy, Reginald worries that his practice time will suffer, and that he won't be ready for his recital. He takes on every free moment he can find to play, and ends up filling the dugout with Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Soon the Dukes begin to shake their bad luck. But there's still that big game against the Monarchs, and there's still Papa's heart that needs winning over. In this beautifully told story of family ties and team spirit, Gavin Curtis captures a very special period in history. Award-winning artist E.B. Lewis brings the warmth of this powerful story to life with his lush watercolor paintings.
Awards and Recognitions The Bat Boy And His Violin (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) by Gavin Curtis & E. B. Lewis has received the following awards and recognitions -
Nevada Young Readers' Award - 2002 Nominee - Picture Book category
Coretta Scott King Award - 1999 Honor Book - Illustrator category
Georgia Children's Book Award - 2000 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
Citations And Professional Reviews The Bat Boy And His Violin (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) by Gavin Curtis & E. B. Lewis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1272
Publishers Weekly - 04/06/1998 page 77
Booklist - 06/15/1998 page 1765
School Library Journal - 07/01/1998 page 72
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1998 page 289
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 62
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 586
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 849
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Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.55" Width: 11.33" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1998
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689800991 ISBN13 9780689800993
Availability 0 units.
More About Gavin Curtis & E. B. Lewis
Gavin Curtis received a B.F.A. degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has worked as an artist at Marvel Comics, where he wrote and illustrated several anthology titles. Mr. Curtis is the author of "Grandma's Baseball, " a children's book that he also illustrated. "The Bat Boy and His Violin" is his first book for Simon & Schuster, and marks his first children's book collaboration solely as author. Mr. Curtis teaches pre-kindergarten in New York City, where he lives.
Gavin Curtis currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Bat Boy And His Violin (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)?
TAZ Tight boy and his violin Feb 9, 2006
The reason I could call my review Tight boy and his violin because He was the bomb. I meen like he was the bat boy and he had it good because if you wer at my school C.L.A.S you couldent be no bat boy or a water boy . My school cause it self C.L.A.S because it stands for CULTURE AND LANGUGE ACADEMY OF SUCESES se THE C IS CULTURE AND THE L IS LANGUAGE AND THE A IS ACADEMY AND S IS FOR SUCCES. But yeah some of the other books chek me out like darnell rock reporting or this one oh yeah thats it.
A wonderful story on many levels Oct 16, 2000
This book has so many themes superimposed on one another, but they are all presented within the context of a wonderful story about a boy who just wanted to play his violin.
Set among the context of the Negro League era, Reginald's father decides one summer to make him bat boy for his team. The team is down on its luck, and Reginald's heart isn't in this assignment, but everything comes together for him and the team one day.
The history of the era as gently portrayed in the travels of the players is presented for young readers. The story of being true to yourself, and of parents learning to accept that in their children, is here as well. Above all else, the story of Reginald and his journeys with the ball players is a story of hope and triumph among the community in a time that was not always seen as one of hope. Along with all of this, the illustrations of E. B. Lewis capture these themes beautifully.
Story about a time of prejudice and how people change. Jun 26, 1999
Reginald's father is the manager of a baseball team in the Negro league. Reginald would rather play his violin than anything else. His dad signs him up to be a bat boy. Reginald plays his violin for the team which starts them on a winning streak. Shows insight into world of music impact and Negro ball players.
Story about a time of prejudice and how people change. Jun 23, 1999
Reginald's father is the manager of a baseball team in the Negro league. Reginald would rather play his violin than a else. His dad signs him up to be a bat boy. Reginals plays his violin for the team which starts them on a winning streak. Shows insight into world of music impact and Negro ball players.
Brought tears to my eyes and a warm feeling to my soul. Apr 9, 1999
My son and I absolutely loved the story and illustrations. We can't wait for Gavin Curtis to write his next book, and for E.B. Lewis to illustrate his next book. Continue to keep up the high standards for children's books. We love to read! Reading is one of my most favorite things to share with my son who will be 5 in July. Thank you again to the both of you for a book well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!