A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner is a great book. It is nonfiction book that teaches children a lot of different lessons. If you enjoy sports, then this is the book for you. It is about two boys named Rip and Red. They are the boys that are on the front of the cover. Red is the young boy that has red hair, obviously, and Rip is the boy with the brown hair. As you can see from the cover their teacher is the one standing in the background. Mr. Acevedo is the teacher and nothing what they expect him to look like or act like. There fifth grade year will for sure be a year to remember for Rip and Red.
Their teacher is not the kind of teacher you expect to be teaching your child. Mr. Acevedo is a teacher that doesn’t believe in tests or homework. He only enjoys doing projects that are crazy insane. If I was a kid in this classroom I would love Mr. Acevedo for not giving us homework or giving us tests. Rip and Red thought their day would be better, but when they got to basketball they saw that Mr. Acevedo was their new coach. This just became a nightmare for the two boys because now they have him for a teacher and a coach. They are not used to someone that is easy going and someone that changes up their whole routine. Red has autism and needs things to be in a certain order and done the same way and Rip is shy and has a hard time coming out of his comfort zone. Read this book to see if Rip and Red are able to overcome adversity and fight through their challenges that are faced in front of them.
I really enjoyed the art on the cover of this book. It is very vibrant and catches the readers eye. I would recommend this book for a fourth or fifth grade reading level. If I was a teacher of a grade lower than fourth, I would read it to my class as a class book because I think many kids would enjoy it and it teaches many important life long lessons for children.