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The good news keeps rolling in! If you heard the sound of happy whooping from New York, New Jersey, and Arizona this morning, that was the editor, author, and agent for BROTHERS AT BAT: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMAZING ALL-BROTHER BASEBALL TEAM getting the news that Audrey Vernick's April release had gotten a starred review from PW:
“It sounds like a fairy tale: twelve baseball-playing brothers,” but it’s true. The 12 Acerra brothers from New Jersey played together on a semipro team formed in 1938, each brother with his own talents and style: “Charlie.... was a good player, but a terrible runner.” Vernick, who interviewed two of the brothers as part of her research, describes how one brother lost an eye when he was struck by a baseball and how six of the brothers served in WWII. Painted in a bright palette of greens, yellows, and blues, Salerno’s mixed-media illustrations, traced and shaded in black crayon, are an immediate attention-getter, the thick, horizontal brushwork contributing to a strong sense of movement. A lively story about family loyalty and love of the game, pulled from the sidelines of baseball history.
We are so pleased at the early reception this book is getting for both Audrey and for illustrator Steven Salerno—what a great match of text and art! Congratulations, Audrey!