Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter & Illustrated by James E. Ransome

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.
Not many sports stars transcend time. Each generation makes way for new heroes. But when a legend like Joe DiMaggio paves the way, even new baseball fans will delight in turning back the pages of time.

In a time when baseball was the biggest sport in America, Joe DiMaggio wanted one thing. No way would becoming a fisherman like his father fill his plate. Instead, Joe made money in his teens playing baseball. He didn't have to talk about how good he was, he let his bat talk for him. Not only did his dad take notice, but the New York Yankee's discovered Joe as well and signed him to America's greatest team while only nineteen. Brought in to fill in Babe Ruth's shoes, the young kid proved himself worthy and quickly earned the nickname of "Joltin Joe"and a spot in the history books. Always classy, Joe DiMaggio earned respect even outside of the 'stat' books.
The attention to detail in Ransome's watercolor will bring back fond memories for grandparents wanting to share a blast from the past while reading to their grandchildren. Joltin' Joe Dimaggio scores a home run to the young baseball lover looking for a hero.

Rating: Recommended ★★★★☆


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