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Baseball Bob



Kids will accept that a dinosaur plays baseball.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the story has the clarity and concision of a news broadcast, with the same riveting tone, and the artwork couldn't be more softhearted and engaging.

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What's the story?

The Lazardo family has an unusual friend, a baseball-playing dinosaur named Bob. When a local baseball team sees Dinosaur Bob playing, they ask him to join their team. Bob agrees and brings the team to victory.

The Lazardo family starts to dance the Hokey Pokey, and the whole town joins in the celebration. They end their day singing their praises to Bob.

Is it any good?


Joyce creates an effective air of mystery reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg in the board-book adaptation of an episode from Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo.

Readers are drawn into the story and accept that a dinosaur has human friends and plays baseball. Joyce effectively mixes an old-fashioned American scene with elements of the exotic: The Lazardo family's turbaned servant appears on the pages and feels right at home on a baseball field.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the silly premise. What other animals do you think might be good at baseball? What else do you think a dinosaur like Bob might be good at?

Book details

Author:William Joyce
Illustrator:William Joyce
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:February 1, 1999
Number of pages:16

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Adult Written byestherseim June 13, 2009

i laughed

very funny. kids will accept it, but you could write a whole page on how confusing (for older people) it is. WEIRD FUNNY sorta SAD (when he gets arrested)


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