Over the Christmas break I have been reading this wonderful book called A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tim Probert. This book is in the same genre as Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because there are illustrations to go along with the text.
Rip and Red are beginning a new fifth grade year and expecting another normal boring year of schooling. But when they arrive in the classroom they meet their new teacher, a tattooed hippie named Mr. Acevedo with some interesting teaching methods. He gives no tests and minimal homework, and he has them do bizarre class projects like writing essays about disgusting things in daily life.
When they finish their first week of school, Rip and Red are ready for a great basketball season to start. To their surprise when they arrive in the school gym, Coach Acevedo greets them once again. Together Rip and Red overcome challenges of new friendships and adjust to the new fifth grade. They grow to love their new teacher even more throughout the year on and off the court.
Right when I started this book I knew it I would love it. It took me about three days to read the whole thing, and over that period it never once got slow. This book would be a sweet read-aloud for the family; each chapter spans from one page to several. Being the first in a new series, there is an excitement that you will feel when you finish it – the excitement that there will be more. It was a joy to read this book and I can’t wait for the second one to come out; I highly recommend this book to all ages above third grade.