Reviews for F Is for Fenway Park : America's Oldest Major League Ballpark

Booklist Reviews 2012 June #1
Paying well-deserved tribute to 100-year-old Fenway Park--the oldest major-league park still in use--Pallotta proffers both soaring (OK, florid) verses ("It isn't just a ballpark; it's Boston's sacred ground. / From the furthest bleacher seats to the pitching mound") and side comments on the park's features, culture, historical highlights, and a handful of its most renowned Red Sox players. Using digital media to give his art a mix of woodcut and silkscreen looks, Dykes contributes generic but bustling scenes of filled stands, crowded outside streets, and distant baseball action on the broad, grassy field. Though the ABC conceit makes for a presentation more arbitrary than logical, and he skates close to the edge of apostasy in suggesting that Ted Williams might have hit more home runs had he been a New York Yankee, Pallotta writes with such infectious enthusiasm about the Green Monster (both the wall and the mascot), the Pesky Pole, Red Sox Nation, and even the Jimmy Fund that readers will join him in appreciating and admiring all that makes Fenway a monument to the great American sport. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 November

Gr 1-4--This title celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park and all things Red Sox. The verses that are paired with each letter can be clunky at times ("N is for Numbers/Elected to the Hall of Fame,/10 years a Red Sox, played the game./For players honored and admired,/all their numbers are retired"), but when combined with the illustrations and the detailed comments, they effectively bring to life a piece of Fenway trivia. Pallotta's enthusiasm for the team is apparent as he pays homage to the Green Monster, the Jimmy Fund, Pesky's Pole, the Triangle, and Williamsburg. Cartoon illustrations in pen and digital media complement the energetic text, and close-ups of the fans and players reflect the cultural diversity of the game. The mix of single pages and spreads works well, and the overall design, with an uppercase and lowercase letter, the poem, the narrative, and the illustration, invites readers to experience the book in multiple ways. While Red Sox fans are a natural audience for this celebratory volume, there is enough information, appealingly packaged, to make this an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys the game.--Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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