Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
Rating: 2 stars
Hmm. I hope I don't offend any football-watching enthusiasts out there, but...this book is not for me.
Peter McCarty's unique, soft illustrations show a handful of kids enjoying a few great things in the great season of fall. They suit themselves up in light coats to keep themselves warm against the chill. They bounce like crazy over a bump while coming home on the school bus. They enjoy leaves blowing all around them. And they enjoy a fine game of football on a leaf-filled field.
Then, it starts to get dark. Earlier than they would like. Another fall thing, right?
So they give up the game and pile on the sofa and watch football on TV instead.
How can a children's book's happy-ending involve watching TV?! I know: I admit that TV watching isn't abhorrent all the time, and that some bonding can occur, especially when the TV watching involves sports and boys, big and small. But STILL. I just can't love a book that lauds it. I sure wish that the kids in this book had creatively rigged some lights, or worn headlamps in order to play longer, or found a way to take the game indoors.
Again, sorry to those football-watchers out there. I don't hate you, promise! But please do balance your watching with playing and you're all right by me.