W is for Wrigley by Brad Herzog, illustrated by John Hanley (2013)
W is for Wrigley
by Brad Herzog, illustrated by John Hanley
Sleeping Bear Press, 2013
If there is one thing I love as much as baseball, it’s art. Combine the two, and you certainly have my attention. Brad Herzog and John Hanley deliver a spectacular book honoring the Chicago Cubs and their 100-year old Wrigley Field in W is for Wrigley. The book is geared toward a younger audience, but anyone who enjoys baseball or appreciates art can get something out of it.
Each letter of the alphabet features a short poem, a couple of paragraphs of explanation, and breathtaking artwork. Hanley’s paintings capture the atmosphere of the ballpark, and his representations of actual players are stunning. Players such as Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Frank Thomas, Kerry Wood and Babe Ruth all make appearances, along with songwriter Steve Goodman, broadcaster Harry Caray, and architect Zachary Taylor Davis.
The poems are whimsical little verses, and there is all sorts of fun trivia in the informative paragraphs accompanying the artwork. For instance, did you know there is a sign on one of the rooftops on Sheffield Avenue that marks the years that have passed since the team’s last division championship, their last World Series appearance, and their last World Series win?
If you have a small Cubs fan in your family, this would be a great addition to his or her library. However, I believe even adult Cubs fan will enjoy W is for Wrigley.
Posted on September 12, 2013, in baseball, books, reviews and tagged Brad Herzog, Chicago Cubs, John Hanley, Sleeping Bear Press, W is for Wrigley, Wrigley Field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.