Written by Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard
Baseball and bullies is the theme of book one in a new series called, Little Rhino, written by the husband- wife team of Ryan and Krystle Howard. Ryan plays Major League Baseball. Krystle is a former elementary reading teacher. They write authentic dialogue as well as exciting and realistic play-by-play baseball. Both are interested in literacy as well as sports.
Team members represent a diversity of children and the main character, Ryan known as Rhino, is taken care of by a single grandparent. But none of that interferes with this great story of being on your first baseball team. Learning how to play together and get along with others solves a bullying problem in a light and realistic manner.
Third grade readers will recognize lunch room conversations about dinosaurs, a pestering bully and waiting all day Saturday for it to finally be game time.
Full page pen and ink drawings help to break up the chapters while immersing readers in the setting or action.
This is a series that third grade readers will enjoy reading and collecting. Having the beginning of the next book included at the end of this book excites readers and gives them something to look forward to reading about. It is also a good marketing plan.
- Title: Little Rhino: My New Team
- Author: Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard
- Illustrator: Scholastic
- Publisher: Scholastic, 2015
- Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz
- Format: Papberback, 96 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-545-67490-4
- Genre: Realistic Fiction
- Grade level 3
- Extras: The beginning of Book 2, The Best Bat, is at the back of this title.