Frank and Ernest Play Ball

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Laughing Elephant, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
3 Reviews
Good Dog, Carl creator Alexandra Day's dynamic duo Frank, a bear, and Ernest an elephant, are back, and this time must master the language of baseball during their stint as managers of the Elmville Mudcats- a minor league team.

The animal pals have their work cut our for them; the team is in the cellar (in last place in the league) and Frank and Ernest have to do everything- sell tickets, run batting practice, announce the game to the fans, and more! But once they learn the right language, it all seems easy…

Soon expressions like “fly hawk”- a skillful outfielder; “smoke artist”- a pitcher who throws lots of fastballs; and “can of corn”- a ball that's been hit so high it can easily be caught- no longer sound strange to the animal friends. Readers will cheer for Frank and Ernest whose skill with the lingo makes for a great day at the ballpark!

First published in 1990, we welcome the opportunity to re-present this Alexandra Day book full of the secret language children love, as well as a story of cooperation, and friendship.

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User Review  - Gabe77 - LibraryThing

A bear and an elephant are asked to care of a baseball stadium and its team for a day. They don't know anything about baseball, so they look up the rules. They do everything possible to keep the game running smoothly and they wind up liking baseball in the end. Read full review

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User Review  - EG - Goodreads

This book was very difficult to read to my four year old. I didn't like it much either. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Alexandra Day is the creator of the popular Good Dog, Carl series as well as many other children's books. She lives with her family in Seattle. Of her work she says: "I think that one of the reasons my illustrations have appealed to people is that they can sense my sincerity. I know that marvels exist which are just outside our ordinary experience, but that at any moment we may turn a corner and encounter one of them. Children also believe this, and because they and I have this conviction in common, we, as creator and audience, make good partners."


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