Tuesday, October 19, 2010
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. It's release day!
Today, October 19, is release day for She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story, a book that I illustrated, written by the wonderful Audrey Vernick. The book released with this wonderful trailer put together by Kristen Cappy of Curious City. Ain’t it grand?
But even before release day, She Loved Baseball was honored as a Junior Library Guild 2010 fall selection. And just today, we received more good news: A starred review from School Library Journal! Whoo-hoo!
Here’s what else folks are saying:
Both author and illustrator are on top of their games as they bring this inspiring story to life.
-- School Library Journal
Tate’s muscular illustrations illuminate and breathe life into the events. He skillfully emphasizes emotions, giving every character a distinct personality and demeanor.
Vernick adds appeal to this straightforward biography with repetitive phrases that emphasize Manley’s activist spirit, while Tate’s slightly stylized acrylic paintings convey both the historical setting and the timeless excitement in the ballpark.
Tate's energetic illustrations harmonize well with Vernick's fresh and engaging text.
-- Publisher’s Weekly
Thanks, Audrey, for writing such a wonderful and important story. And for having this very cool trailer made.