Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on "The Sporting News"'s list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players."
In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener's fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays's unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Complete with sidebars filled with stats, here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old.
"The Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book." --"Booklist," Starred.
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of many picture book biographies, including "Barack", which was a "New York Times" bestseller. His other books include "Here Comes the Garbage Barge", " Sonia Sotomayor", "Roberto Clemente", and others. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man" (a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and "The Babe & I" (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and "Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings" (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas.
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013:
“Even adults who are indifferent to baseball will likely be so drawn into Mays’ story and Winter’s rousing text that they’ll want to gather up a crowd just to read this one aloud.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 3, 2012:
“A must-have for baseball fans.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012:
“An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else.”
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2012:
“The Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book.”