Book Review: Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family by Bret Boone and Kevin Cook


From Goodreads:

From the first third-generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history, a sometimes moving, always candid look at his family’s 70 years in the world of professional baseball.

A five-foot-ten firecracker who was spurned by scouts for his small size, supposed lack of power, and temper tantrums (one scout called him a “helmet-throwing terror”), Bret Boone didn’t care about family legacy as fought his way into the Major Leagues in 1992; he wanted to make his own way. He did just that, building a 14-year career that included three all-star appearances, four Gold Gloves, a bout with alcoholism, and the ignominy of being traded for the infamous “player to be named later.” Now that he’s coaching minor leaguers half his age, and his 15-year-old son has the potential to be a fourth-generation major leaguer, Bret is ready to reflect on and tell the story of baseball from the perspective of his family’s 70-year history in the sports.

It has taken me forever to post about Home Game by Bret Boone and Kevin Cook (I received it back in June for review) because I honestly could not get into the book. It is a sports memoir about baseball. I thought I would really enjoy it because baseball is my all-time favorite sport and I am also a Phillies fan, which plays a huge part in the Boone family history. From what I did read, which wasn’t the whole book, I learned a lot about the Boone family, who had three generations of members in Major League Baseball, and about baseball in general. I wish I could have gotten into it more, but sadly, it wasn’t a winner in my eyes. There are a lot of small stories from when Bret was younger, growing up a ballplayers kid. Then, of course, his own journey into the major leagues. There are some interesting tidbits in there if you are a big Boone family fan.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Book Review: One Small Donkey By Dandi Daley Mackall Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens


From Goodreads:

Little ones can do big things for God!

Your family will love this heartwarming Christmas story told from an unlikely perspective: a donkey carrying Mary to Bethlehem. Though the donkey wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals, he had an important job all the same. Adults and children alike will love the message about how God has big plans for little ones.

Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide, and her awards include an ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.

One Small Donkey by Dandi Daly Mackall is based on Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. It is told by the perspective of the donkey who carried Mary on his back. It teaches little children that no job is too small and that they can help spread God’s word.

This definitely isn’t my favorite story about Jesus’ birth, but it isn’t horrible either. The illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens make the book worth checking out; they are very detailed and inviting. The book is kind of long which would make it more attractive to 4-8 year olds; my 2 year old did sit through it once. There are some fun animal sounds that might interest younger kids.

Worst case scenario, skip the words and just talk about the pictures.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.