Bonaparte Plays Ball
It's the Weird Series and Bonaparte's team, the Little Monsters, are gearing up to play against the Mighty Aliens for the championship title.
The competition is fierce and Bonaparte, of course, is a jumble of bones. What if he loses his backbone while at bat? What if the Mighty Aliens make fun of him?
With bullies on the other team and the bases loaded, will Bonaparte be able to hold himself together and hit a home run without losing his head?
Fans of Bonaparte Falls Apart will delight in seeing this cast of monstrous friends band together to overcome their nerves and remain good sports as they play the game of their lives!
What I loved: The illustrations here are absolutely fantastic with memorable monsters and aliens all throughout the book. They also have a lot of detail with the crowds and settings that give children a lot to look at on each page. There are some great principles in the story about the importance of practice, working together, and never giving up- even when it seems impossible. The characters are really fantastic, and all the monster puns add some extra fun to the plot.
What left me wanting more: Even as someone who played softball (albeit a very long time ago), it was hard to understand some of the terminology in the book and this may make it harder for some readers to get into it. The recounting of the game is extremely detailed and may be too long for a younger audience. There are also instances of poor sportsmanship, such as the aliens causing one of the Monsters to pass out, and taunting/name calling that are not really addressed, and it would have been nice to get some clear lessons about these.
Final verdict: Overall, this is a memorable and fun baseball game that will engage young children with cute puns and delightful characters. Bonaparte leads the way to victory in this cute picture book about persistence and diligence.