Reading level: Ages 3-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (February 24, 2009)
What to expect: Sports, humorous songs
It’s still National Poetry month, but even more importantly (for some) it’s baseball season. This book will certainly be a hit with sports fanatics as well as those of us who appreciate a good rhyme. From my experience as a bookseller, parents who truly appreciate poetry will pick up a new Alan Katz book and purchase it straight away without even reading it. On the other hand, I had never read one of his books before. I was missing out — H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!
Going Going Gone! and other silly dilly sports songs is a terrific collection of poems that have been written to match the tunes of many well known songs. The opening “silly dilly” song is titled On Top of the Bleachers and is paired with the the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”.
that’s where we just sat.
Dad bought me a peanut,
a scorecard, and hat.”