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Review of I Got It!

I Got It!
by David Wiesner; illus. by the author
Primary    Clarion    32 pp.    g
4/18    978-0-544-30902-9    $17.99

A boy stands watching a group of kids milling around a baseball diamond. He approaches the group and is (wordlessly) directed to the outfield. The game begins; the first batter smacks the ball. “I got it!” Instead, the boy trips on a tree root (where’d that come from?) and falls to the ground without the ball. His teammates cover their faces in disgust. Next batter makes contact: the boy chases the ball, and slams into a tree (wait, a tree on the field?). Third time’s the charm? The ball flies through the air. Everyone’s running for it in a tangle. The boy falls behind, until with the help of some fantastical birds he makes the big catch (“I GOT IT!”). His teammates cheer and make for the sidelines; it’s their turn at bat, and we’re back down to earth. Wiesner’s latest nearly wordless picture book (Flotsam, rev. 9/06; Mr. Wuffles!, rev. 9/13) features his trademark hyperrealistic art that makes the ordinary (i.e., a flock of birds; a kid who’s only okay at baseball) extraordinary with visual narrative twists that are always unexpected, never predictable. The sky-blue and clean-white backgrounds in the acrylic, gouache, and watercolor illustrations make it easier 
to follow Wiesner’s flights of fancy.

From the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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