Written by: John Steven Gurney
Illustrated by: John Steven Gurney
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 56 pages, Full Color, $9.99
Reviewed by: Diamond BookShelf
Young baseball fans will enjoy the new graphic novel from John Steven Gurney, Fuzzy Baseball, a light story about the age old rivalry of two opposing baseball teams and the importance of good sportsmanship.
The book begins by introducing readers to the two rival teams, The Fernwood Valley Fuzzies and The Rocky Ridge Red Claws. Adults will appreciate the nods to the real life sport with players like Hammy Sosa and Sandy Kofox while younger readers will be drawn in by the varied character design and engaging layout.
While the story may focus on the two teams, the story's heart rests in the character of Blossom Honey Possum. Billed as "The World's Biggest Fernwood Valley Fuzzies Fan," Blossom never gave up the hope that her team would one day defeat the Red Claws. With her perennially cheerful spirit and belief in herself, Blossom joins her beloved team just in time for their bout against their long-time rivals, but will Blossom be able to pull the Fuzzies together in time to cinch the championship?
Gurney is most well-known for his children's book Dinosaur Train, and Fuzzy Baseball marks his first foray into graphic novels for young readers. The art is vibrant and lends a Disney-like quality to the storytelling without becoming generic. Gurney is able to balance the massive cast he’s created for this book, with each character able to retain unique personalities, thus allowing children to keep track of the story.
Fuzzy Baseball is an inspiring story of how belief in yourself and good sportsmanship can lead to fun and victory. A great gift for little leaguers and aspiring baseball fans, this graphic novel is a feel good tale perfect for young readers between the ages of six and ten.