Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The reviews are in...

...on my 2nd children's book coming out Oct. 11, called "The Day Roy Riegels Ran the Wrong Way"! Here's where you can find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Day-Roy-Riegels-Ran-Wrong/dp/1599904942, and here's the review:
"Gutman showcases an infamous blunder in college football history in this play-by-play recap of an incident in the 1929 Rose Bowl between the University of California and Georgia Tech. When a player dropped the ball, Riegels, California's center, grabbed it and ran determinedly — toward the wrong goalpost. Riegels realized his error at the one-yard line, but the mishap cost his team the game. The two-tiered narrative juxtaposes the breathless voice of the radio broadcaster ('Folks, I've never seen anything like it in all my days!') with dialogue between a contemporary boy and his grandfather, who's telling his grandson about Riegels's gaffe. With a muted palette that reinforces the period feel, Talbott's mixed-media cartoons approach caricature, depicting the characters' horrified expressions with an exaggeration that nods toward vintage comics. Gutman (Casey Back at Bat) notes that a humiliated Riegels jumped back into the game and performed well, underlining a message summed up neatly by the grandfather: 'It just goes to show that mistakes are not the end of the world.' Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.