A Look Inside Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

 

 

Title: Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

Publisher: Sports Illustrated

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Get everything you ever wanted to know about America’s pastime in FULL COUNT: TOP 10 LISTS OF EVERYTHING IN BASEBALL . Presented in the format of Top 10 lists, this book is a comprehensive yet fun look at the greatest aspects of the game. From the top World Series moments to the most colorful characters, SI Kids ranks a variety of topics from the baseball diamond. Readers are guaranteed to love the big, exciting action photos from the Sports Illustrated collection and the insider knowledge of SI Kids. Filled with trivia and information, this dynamic book will be the definitive kids book on baseball.
Top 10 Rankings include:

Hardest throwers
Slickest infielders
Powerful sluggers
Loveable losers
Fastest base stealers
Best ballparks


The Look Inside:

As with all of the Sports Illustrated Kids books, Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball is beautifully presented.  The book is huge, featuring eye-popping photographs, both in color and black and white,  of the best in baseball.   I love these Top 10 books, and  the material had me flipping eagerly through the pages.  While I was a huge baseball fan in my teens, I have flipped over to football and hockey, preferring a faster, harder hitting game.  There was still plenty to hold my attention here, including Top 10 Ugly Uniforms (and yes, they are hideous! Most of the fugly are from the 70s, which doesn’t surprise me, but gaak! I can’t believe anyone thought these uniforms looked COOL!), Top 10 Mascots, and Top 10 Nicknames.  There are lots of Tigers mentioned, too, though Ernie Harwell only ranked second on the Top 10 Announcers list.  What?!  He was baseball in Detroit, and listening to games will never be the same without him.

Now, for those baseball fans out there, don’t be alarmed – there are plenty of lists with compelling baseball moments.  If Top 10 Facial Hair doesn’t interest you, I’m such that Top 10 Future Hall of Famers, Top 10 Scandals, and Top 10 Legendary Home Runs will get your blood pumping.  It was fun Googling footage of some of the most memorable moments in baseball, but without this book, I never would have thought to do it!  Hank Aaron’s 715th home run?  it’s on YouTube.  Kirk Gibson’s game winning homer in 1988?  Read about it in the book, then go watch it for yourself. 

If you have a young baseball fan at home, Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball will keep them entertained with the action-packed shots and fun trivia.  With the holidays fast approaching, this will make a fun gift for the baseball fan in your life.

Grade:  Fun!

Review copy provided by publisher

An Early Look at Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10

 

 

Title: Sports Illustrated Kids 1st and 10: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football

Publisher: Sports Illustrated

ISBN: 978-1603202107

 

 

From Amazon:

Get everything you ever wanted to know about America’s most popular sport in 1st and 10. Presented in the format of Top 10 lists, this book is a comprehensive yet fun look at the greatest aspects of the game. From the top Super Bowl moments to the best-looking uniforms, SI Kids ranks 50 different topics from the gridiron. Readers are guaranteed to love the big, exciting action photos from the Sports Illustrated collection and the insider knowledge of SI Kids. Filled with trivia and information, this dynamic book will be the definitive kids book on football.

My thoughts:

This isn’t a review, as much as it’s a brief tour through this handsomely produced photo book about football.  While I am not a die-hard football fan, I do possess more than a passing interest in the game.  I was dismayed to see my hometown team, the Lions, at the #1 rank for the biggest losers list, but I certainly can’t dispute that they have delivered more than their share of disappointment to Detroit.  So, being a fair weather fan, I usually root for the Buffalo Bills or Denver Broncos.  Why? They have the coolest uniforms, in my humble opinion.

If you have a young football fan at home, this book should tickle their funny bone.  It is packed full of bright, colorful photographs, with intense action shots on almost every page.  The page layouts are visually appealing, with eye-catching bursts of color from the pictures contrasting with cleverly placed text and white spaces to lend more drama to the action taking place on the pages.

Interested in knowing who are the smallest of the NFL players?  How about the biggest?  Who makes up the best Passer-Receiver Duo?  All of that information, and more, is jammed into this book.  Some of my favorite lists, though, have nothing to do with the game, but instead have everything to do with the vivid personalities that make up the game.  Most memorable hairstyle?  Best accessories?  Most colorful personalities?  You will also find all of those and more in this book.

1st and 10 will appeal to football fans, and even if you aren’t totally enamored with the game, you won’t be able to stop yourself from flipping through this book.  The included trivia is interesting, and covers so many topics that even the most casual of fans will find something to catch their attention.

Review copy provided by publisher

In stores October 25, 2011