Randy Riley's Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

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Randy likes space, robots, and baseball, but he can't ace everything . . . or can he? Chris Van Dusen knocks one out of the park with a comical ode to ingenuity.

Randy Riley loves two things: science and baseball. When it comes to the solar system, the constellations, and all things robot, Randy is a genius. But on the baseball diamond? Not so much. He tries . . . but whiffs every time. Then, one night, Randy sees something shocking through his Space Boy telescope: it’s a fireball, and it’s headed right for his town! Randy does the math, summons all of his science smarts, and devises a plan that will save the day in a spectacular way. Once again, Chris Van Dusen winds up his visual humor, dizzying perspectives, perfect pacing, and rollicking rhyme and delivers a hit to make readers stand up and cheer.

About Chris Van Dusen

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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.
Published February 14, 2012 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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He constructs a giant robot, precisely times the entry of fireball and, whoosh, the robot swings his smokestack bat and hits the fireball back into space.

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City Book Review

In this story set in the 1950s, Randy uses his powerful telescope to determine that a meteor fireball is on its way toward planet Earth and will destroy the town he lives in.

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Portland Book Review

Although Randy loves baseball, kids get a chance to cheer for Randy’s big brain, creativity and quick thinking.

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While it might be hard for little ones to follow on the first read, this story will surely catch their attention after multiple reads, inspiring young readers to be ambitious and confident, just like Randy Riley.

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