Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
February 6, 2007
ISBN: 9780060560270
Ages 4-8


Lesson Plan Tie-In for Casey Back at Bat
Have the students rewrite the words to Casey At The Bat or another poem, using the names of their favorite players, their friends, or family.

“Out of this world.”People Magazine


The mighty Casey is getting what any failed sports hero most desires: a second chance. He’s got to prove himself after his last, disastrous game. All eyes are on Casey as he steps up to the plate. Will he finally bring joy to Mudville?

In this humorous, seam-splitting sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous poem Casey at the Bat, best-selling author Dan Gutman offers Casey what any failed sports hero most desires—a second chance.


Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2008
Keystone to Reading Award Nominee (Pennsylvania)
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
Young Hoosier Award Nominee (Indiana)


“Out of this world.”People

“An amusing rendition…wonderful illustrations.”San Diego Union-Tribune

“Wonderfully inventive…Gutman’s poetic updating is funny and lively.”Orange County Register

“A solid homer.”Chicago Sun-Times

“What Dan Gutman has done with Casey is a dual marvel: He shows kids why they should fall in love with baseball, and reminds their parents at the same time why they should fall in love with the game all over again.”Mike Vaccaro, New York Post columnist

“Gutman pulls out all the stops…Sheer delight.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The ride is uproarious from start to finish…will have baseball fans of all ages cheering.” School Library Journal, starred review

“With a reinvention like this, Casey is welcome back at bat anytime.” Horn Book Magazine

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