"Classic Matt Christopher. This is a reprint of a great book for the young sports enthusiast. Christopher does a wonderful job giving play by play action to make the reader experience the games. As always, Christopher delivers an action-packed story with a good message. In this story the message is to always play fair and honest and be true to yourself. Highly Recommended.
Richardson Independent School District's Library Media Services Book Review Program, June 2009
This is a revised edition of the original and the sequel to ""The Kid Who Only Hite Homers."" Last year, Sylvester Coddmyer was coached by a mysterious man named Mr. Baruth, and he played baseball spectacularly. This year he can't seem to hit anything or stop any ball until another mysterious man shows up named Cheeko. Cheeko seems to have different values than Mr. Baruth. Sylvester does begin to hit homers and play better, but some of his tactics are not too cool. When Duane shows him some old trading cards of Babe Ruth and Eddie CIcotte, Sylvester is surprised at how much they look just like his friends Baruth and Cheeko. Eddie Cicotte was involved in the Black Sox scandal of 1919 where 8 of the Chicago White Sox team members tried to fix the outcome of the World Series. Mr. Baruth revisits Sylvester and tells him how disappointed he is in the tactics he has been using. Sylvester finally sees that his teammates accept him just the way he is, and everything turns around for him. The revised edition is larger and has bigger print than the original. They are pricier, but worth it. Sports lovers will enjoy this series.
Garland Independent School District, 2009
Kids (4th grade) like this author. Boys who like baseball will enjoy it. A bit of mystery to it. Theme: believe in yourself. Lots of baseball terminology.
San Diego Unified School District, 2009.
Coaching by the mysterious Mr. Baruth made Sylvester Coddmeyer III the Redbirds' home-run king in The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Little, Brown, 1972). The sequel opens at the start of the new season with Sylvester, dejected that he can't seem to hit or field, questioning his own abilities. This time, a man calling himself ""Cheeko"" encourages Sylvester to be more aggressive and confident. While Sylvester's aggressive play pays off on the field, his friends criticize his new style, and he's troubled when he finds old baseball cards whose portraits bear an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Baruth (Babe Ruth) and Cheeko (Eddie Cicotte, the 1919 White Sox pitcher). Christopher reprises the plot gambit that served him well in the first novel, and despite the hiatus, Sylvester remains an appealing character, learning to play his best despite pressure and self-doubt. Fans will welcome his return, delivered with Christopher's reliable pace, style, and action-packed text.
Linda Callaghan (Booklist, Vol. 88, No. 16)
Last year Sylvester Coddmyer III was the leading hitter, but this season he's doing a lot of bench warming. Syl is lost without Mr. Baruth, his mentor, until Cheeko appears and teaches him some aggressive and unsportsmanlike moves. Will Syl become his own man? A silly premise, but baseball fans will enjoy the game action and satisfying conclusion. Recommended, with minor flaws.
Horn Book (The Horn Book Guide)"