Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of King Hugo's Huge Ego and The Circus Ship, and the illustrator of the best-selling Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.
Van Dusen's tale is inventive and humorous. Randy is a lovably
nerdy genius who is admired for his brains and is part of a team
that doesn't seem to mind his poor batting average. Gouache
paintings use clean crisp lines and sharp, bright colors in a
variety of perspectives. Everything from the cars in the driveways
to the living-room decor places the events in pre-computer,
mid-20th-century America. A cunning twist on the heroic home run
that wins the game.
With all the bases covered-musical text, entertaining artwork,
and surefire subject matter-this title bats 1,000 for group or
--School Library Journal Randy may be an easy out with a bat, but his heroism merits a spot at the heart of any budding geek's lineup.
--Booklist In this retro rhyming tribute to mind over batter, Van Dusen casts a wide net: anyone who's a fan of nerds, "Casey at the Bat," classic science fiction, or mid-century design should find something to like in these eye-popping pages.
--Publishers Weekly Children will enjoy the adventures of a young boy who used his love of baseball to save the day.
--Library Media Connection Young Randy Riley has two passions: science and baseball. But he's more of a student than an athlete. As Chris Van Drusen puts it in verse: "See, Randy was a genius;/he just couldn't hit the ball./He struck out every time at bat./He wasn't good at all." But when Randy spies through his "Space Boy telescope" a massive fireball hurling toward Earth, his way with robots saves more than a game. In science fiction, there's more than one way to hit a home run.
--USA Today Chris Van Dusen's RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT won me over at first swing... There's a cool retro feel to this sci-fi rhyming book along with some gloriously comic special effects. It's just scary enough to be a page turner and brings a whole new twist to kids and baseball.
--The Boston Globe With a nod to "Casey at the Bat," a dash of science geek, and the impending destruction of the earth, RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT has something for everyone.
--Huffington Post Parents blog