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Mickey Mantle

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Mickey Mantle

The Commerce Comet
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The ONLY nonfiction picture book about New York Yankee Mickey Mantle, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

From award-winning author Jonah Winter and #1 New York Times bestselling artist C. F. Payne comes this extraordinary picture-book biography that traces Mickey Mantle's unparalleled baseball career. He could run from home plate to first base in 2.9 seconds. He could hit a ball 540 feet—the longest home run in major league history. He was the greatest switch hitter ever to play the game. And he did it all despite broken bones, pulled muscles, strains, and sprains, from his shoulders to his feet. How did a poor country boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, become one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of all time? This is the story.
The ONLY nonfiction picture book about New York Yankee Mickey Mantle, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

From award-winning author Jonah Winter and #1 New York Times bestselling artist C. F. Payne comes this extraordinary picture-book biography that traces Mickey Mantle's unparalleled baseball career. He could run from home plate to first base in 2.9 seconds. He could hit a ball 540 feet—the longest home run in major league history. He was the greatest switch hitter ever to play the game. And he did it all despite broken bones, pulled muscles, strains, and sprains, from his shoulders to his feet. How did a poor country boy from Commerce, Oklahoma, become one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players of all time? This is the story.
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About the Author-
  • Jonah Winter has written more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children, including Hillary, a picture-book biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton; Lillian's Right to Vote, which received four starred reviews; You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!, which received three starred reviews; You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and a Booklist Top of the List; and You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. Learn more at jonahwinter.com.

    C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 13, 2017
    In an engagingly conversational narrative laced with baseball lingo, Winter (You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!) vividly traces Mickey Mantle’s trajectory from a small child with a bone disease to one of America’s most beloved baseball players. But even with success, he struggled. Winter explains how Mantle, after becoming a Yankee, famously damaged his knee on the field during the World Series (“the moment that would change his life”) but went on to amass numerous records, “though every swing of the bat caused excruciating pain.” Payne’s (Miss Mary Reporting) handsome pencil-and-acrylic artwork blends 1950s naturalism with touches of caricature, while Winter keeps his focus on the man behind the records: “ knew Mickey wasn’t perfect. But they also knew that to watch a guy do what he did, with that body, could take your breath away.” Ages 4–8.

  • School Library Journal, Starred "This striking book deserves a wide audience."
  • The New York Times Book Review "Magnificent. Winter's heartfelt, accessible text is infused with immediacy and enthusiasm. Widener's lush, expressive paintings pull the reader right into the game."
  • The Bulletin, Starred "Even adults who are indifferent to baseball will likely be so drawn into Mays's story and Winter's rousing text that they'll want to gather up a crowd just to read this one aloud."
  • Publishers Weekly, Starred "A must-have for baseball fans."
  • Kirkus Reviews, Starred "An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else."
  • Booklist, Starred "The Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book."
  • The Wall Street Journal "An entertaining account of Stengel's career."
  • Booklist, Starred "A first-rate picture book for baseball fans."
  • Publishers Weekly, Starred "Highly entertaining."
  • School Library Journal, Starred "This engaging title will have kids sprinting toward sports biographies to learn more about the many legendary players Stengel played ball with or managed."
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