The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis

Bibliographic Information:  Curtis, G., & Lewis, E. B. (1998). The bat boy & his violin. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Annotation:  Reginald loves to play his violin, but his father doesn’t like when he plays it.  Reginald’s father is a manager for the African-American baseball team, which is not doing well.  The team needs a bat boy, which Reginald became.  Reginald isn’t the best bat boy, but instead he plays his violin, which makes the players score and get better.  The team doesn’t finish with a win, but Reginald and his father bond closer through baseball and the violin.

Genre:  Sports Fiction and Historical Fiction

Grade Level:  1st Grade – 3rd Grade

Interested Readers:  This book is a great book for students who are interested in sports such as baseball and historical events such as the African-American baseball Team.  This book could also interest students who love music and sports.  This book also could interest readers based on the message of hope and determination.

Personal Response and Rating:  I loved this book.  I thought this book was well written and illustrated.  I also enjoyed the message of doing what you loved to do.  I am so excited to include this in my classroom someday.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  What did Reginald’s papa call his Violin and how did it make Reginald feel?