Title: Sports Illustrated Kids Pro Files: Baseball
May Contain Spoilers
A must-have for every young baseball fan and player, "Pro Files: Baseball" showcases 15 of the big league’s hottest stars and fathers through "Sports Illustrated: Kids’" signature content: great writing, fun trivia, amazing statistics, and dynamic photography. Full color.
Even though I am not a huge sports fan, I enjoy reviewing these SI Kids books. They are attractively packaged, engagingly written, and filled with glossy action shots. In addition to giving tips on how to play like a pro, each featured player has an introduction which includes their stats and career highlights. While this is nice, I appreciated the background information for each player even more. The human interest elements made the book accessible to me, a self-admitted non-fan of baseball. Each player also has a selection entitled Inside Information, which lists their favorite foods, movies, cartoon characters, and even video games. That’s the stuff that I’m interested in. It’s great to know all of Justin Verlander’s stats, but since I don’t get into the game, those are just random numbers to me.
I took this book to work to show to a co-worker, and he really liked reading through it, too. He is a huge baseball fan, and while he questioned some of the players that were included, overall he agreed that the featured athletes were among the top of their game. He liked the photographs, which are printed on bright, glossy paper and capture a variety of intense action shots. He agreed that the text will interest both fans and those not so enthusiastic about the game. The tips are fun to read, too, though I doubt that I will ever be able to advance my skills to the level of Ichiro Suzuki or Dustin Pedroia. Chris, on the other hand, insists that with practice, he will be able to pitch just like Verlander. I remain slightly skeptical.
If you have a baseball fan at home, this would be a great purchase for them. I bet that even reluctant readers will be cheerfully engrossed learning about the players, their backgrounds, and the secrets behind their moves.
Review copy provided by publisher