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“Brothers at Bat” book review by S.A. Barone

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Book Review by S. A. Barone

“Brothers at Bat is a story any baseball fan will enjoy and one that we all should know,” says, baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr.

This wonderful story, written by Audrey Vernick, is for the whole family.  It’s a true story about the Acerra family in 1930.  The Acerra’s had sixteen children, twelve of them boys.  They formed a baseball team with their boys and were the longest playing all-brother team in baseball history.  These boys loved the game but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team.  Nothing could stop these boys there was always enough for a team with three on the bench.

The other great thing about this book is the illustrations. Steven Salerno’s vintage-style art and his retro art style are totally fantastic.  He combines his style with the look of the 1950’s TV advertising and the exuberance of comic-book art.  His great style always makes every illustration come alive with vitality and uninhibited enthusiasm.

This delightful book is definitely a great read for the entire family and a keeper for the family library.

Happy Reading

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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