Grade Level: K-3. Harry the dog with ESP calls the pitches for his boy Mike. They are surprised to find out the new umpire can hear their silent conversations. With large type and lots of black-line cartoons, this would be a good selection for young sports fans who may be reluctant readers.
Book Buzz, August 2010
Since kids love dogs and sports this whole series is sure to be a winner. Line drawings are full of detail/energy. This title also conveys the point that pulling together as a team and doing what is right are both rewarding. Highly Recommend.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2010
For reading aloud. In the fifth adventure in this series, Mike and his telepathic dog, Harry, discover that the umpire for Mike’s baseball game can also read minds. The skill comes in handy when Mike accidentally breaks the ump’s glasses. After a telepathic conference, the three agree that Harry will call the pitches in his mind and the ump will pick up the calls through ESP. Their plan works beautifully. Nicely rendered black-and-white drawings break up the text, which isn’t divided into chapters but still has the look of a beginning chapter book. The coed nature of the teams will broaden the appeal of the story, but the book’s main audience will probably be young male sports fans.
Booklist, May 15, 1998