There Goes Ted Williams : The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived - Matt Tavares

There Goes Ted Williams

The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived

By: Matt Tavares

Paperback | 12 February 2013

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âA glorious tribute to a baseball legend and a complicated human being.â — School Library Journal

Ted Williams lived a life of dedication and passion. He was an ordinary kid who wanted one thing: to hit a baseball better than anyone else. So he practiced his swing every chance he got. He did fingertip push-ups. He ate a lot of food. He practiced his swing again. And then practiced it some more. From his days playing ball in North Park as a kid to his unmatched .406 season in 1941 to his stints as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, the story of Teddy Ballgame is the story of an American hero. In this engrossing biography, a companion to Henry Aaron’s Dream, Matt Tavares makes Ted Williams’s life story accessible to a whole new generation of fans who are sure to admire the hard work, sacrifice, and triumph of the greatest hitter who ever lived. A lively picture book biography of Ted Williams from a master of the genre.
Back matter includes an author’s note, Ted Williams’s career statistics, and a bibliography.

Industry Reviews
Tavares's full-bleed spreads alternate with sepia-toned spot drawings, all beautifully arranged in this old-fashioned but evergreen tribute.
--The New York Times

With smooth, sweeping lines and naturalistic details, Tavares's mixed-media artwork conveys Williams's joyful devotion to his sport.
--Publishers Weekly

Tavares's present-tense narrative lends drama and immediacy to the all-smiles-and-heroics biography, and the watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations depict Williams as large as a double-page spread can hold. Published in time for Fenway Park's centennial celebrations, this full-of-life biography will be a hit with young baseball fans.
--Horn Book

This is a glorious tribute to a baseball legend and a complicated human being.
--School Library Journal

Kids will especially like that this wonderful picture book spends a lot of time talking about the childhood of the famous Boston Red Sox slugger... An exciting and inspiring story.
--Washington Post KidsPost

A baseball hero and an American hero, the last player to hit over .400 in a season; here, Ted Williams is introduced to a new generation of baseball fans.
--Kirkus Reviews

Striking portraits, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, show the skinny young Williams and his gradual physical maturation into the lanky, muscular mature athlete and navy pilot.
--Booklist Online

Matt Tavares delivers a solid hit in his biography of this great baseball player.
--Library Media Connection

Tavares writes THERE GOES TED WILLIAMS like a jazzy poem. There is musicality in every line and in every full-color painting. The nostalgia of the paintings plays beautifully against the straight-up clarity of the prose. It's full of the statistics and details so dear to the hearts of baseball lovers.
--The Boston Globe

Full of movement, the multimedia art is perfect complement to this tale of stellar performance and personal sacrifice.
--San Francisco Chronicle

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