Jonah Winter and Andre Carrilho
Schwartz & Wade, 2009. unpaged. Juvenile non-fiction.
Know this going in: Sandy Koufax is my favorite pitcher of all time. So if you never heard of Sandy Koufax, better check out this stylish, evocative new picture book about the greatest southpaw pitcher of all times. Beginning with a holographic cover that shows Koufax's powerful motion to the plate, the conversational text and extremely cool pictures tell the story of the Jewish kid from Brooklyn who played basketball, but could throw a baseball as hard as a pro. Koufax almost gave up after several wild seasons, but in a pre-season game against the Twins, after he has walked the bases full, catcher Norm Sherry gives him some advice that gets him throwing strikes and the rest is history. Baseball lovers should love this book; if you don't know snot about baseball, this is a good place to start.