Guide to Juvenile Baseball Books: D

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Part of a series of soft-horror chapter books with mystery plots.

To be charitable, a "flattery" of Goodnight Moon.

Weird, evocative illustrations enhance the story, as Day gives the reader ordinary scenes where two large animals interact with people.

A cut above other juvenile fiction from this period, this novel kicked off a long-running and still fondly-remembered series. Its harmless themes (the final confrontation involves the hiring of rival hecklers) recall the innocence of early-20th-century magazine fiction, though the novel draws its inspiration from the grittier novels of John R. Tunis.

A cute "photo-illustrated" picture book with some pages that will get kids or adults chuckling. "Lucky hits a droolball!"

Routine Young Adult material, using themes familiar from many other treatments of baseball and young men's growing up.

Bizarre juvenile that verges on paranoid Gothic.

Criticism: Morris.

Series novel with the usual formulas; this one does not seem to have much of an acquaintance with its baseball setting.

While preparing for the big game, our heroes solve a mystery involving stolen peaches and a found cap, rescue a trapped parachutist, and foil would-be arsonists.

Routine in every way, from a prolific sport-juvenile author whose main interest has been football stories.