Stop That Ball!
by Mike McClintock with illustrations by Fritz Siebel/ published 1959 by Random House
Stop That Ball! isn't wildly different from this duo's earlier and more famous creation -- A Fly Went By. But unlike the story about the fly that trouble follows, STB! survived two editions, only to find itself out-of-print in today's modern age. Regardless, it's worth tracking down the '59 edition to add to your collection. Fun, fun, fun in the form of a tether ball that goes awry and somehow manages to escape death by fire, baseball bat and cannon explosion.
I saw a house on fire ahead.
"My ball must not land there!" I said.
"For if it does, it's gone forever!
And I will never get it! Never!"
But then some water shot up high.
It hit my ball and made it fly.
Boy! Was I happy! This was fine!
Now I could get that ball of mine.
My son loves to read books like this that have nonstop action, and Siebel's red/green/black illustrations are so full of life and movement, it is hard not to get caught up in the antics. Love that dog too with the wagging tongue. Wish I'd had a pooch like that when I was wee.
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