Last Licks by DK Publishing
A Spaldeen Story

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A celebration of one girl's passion to play ball--and of the legendary little pink ball that inspired her greatest hit.

Annie Ellis is always itching to pitch her lucky Sky-High Super Pinkie. It makes the sweetest sound: off her fist, a mop handle, or the wall. The possibilities are endless. Her teacher, Miss Hatchett, threatens to pop the pesky Pinkie and it's a challenge not to lost it to Mrs. O'Donnell's dog. But the biggest threat of all is Annie's Super, who hopes to add Annie's ball to his infamous collection of neighborhood Pinkies. When Annie's ball is the only one left, she has to risk using--and losing--it at the weekly punchball game. Her "last licks" brings a spectacular hit--over the tops of sycamore trees, through the light and dark and dusk of day. But it's her final surprising confrontation with the dreaded Super that will have readers young and old cheering!


About DK Publishing

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Cari Best's acclaimed picture books have delighted many young readers and include When We Go Walking, as well as Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen and Shrinking Violet, both selected School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. When she's not writing, walking, or riding her bike, Cari Best can be found digging with her dog, Jennie, in her own back yard, where she never knows what treasures she?ll discover. Cari Best lives in Connecticut.
Published March 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Best's (Taxi! Taxi!) nostalgic paean to the Spaldeen, the pink rubber ball that was once a playground staple, has ample bounce at its start, yet its one-note narrative stretches the concept a bit thin

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Best writes in a cheerful, colloquial voice, but the repeated bouncing, squeezing and smelling of Annie's balls here grows tiresome, and seasoned ballplayers may find her easy parting from her beloved Spaldeen suspect at story's end.

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