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The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0544813774
LANGUAGE:English

"A picture book biography of Max Patkin, who started off as a pitcher in the major leagues but eventually ended up as sideline entertainment in the era before mascots were around to do that.

I have never heard of Patkin before. It is interesting to know that they employed slapstick comedians to entertain the crowds before the mascots arrived. I don't know how many kids will even recognize a single name of the famous baseball players mentioned here because they were from quite a while ago, but perhaps they can ask their grandparents (or great-grandparents) about those people. It is interesting to see how one man turned his love of baseball into a career, even if it wasn't in the way he expected. Could be an inspiring biography for those kids who love to make others laugh.
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" Thoroughly enjoyed learning about Max Patkin’s story! Fun picture book biography. " said.

" I was not familiar with Max Patkin, but it is an interesting story. " said.

" Kids voted to give this book 5 stars and have already re-read it twice. This is a non-fiction biography about a funny baseball guy. It is on the longer side, so it’s better for older kids who can sit through longer stories. Great for baseball fans. " said.

" At first I really thought the comic illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Jennifer Bower were going to bug me, but they suited this book well, and looking at the actual picture of Max in the back matter she kind of nailed it. A great untold story of baseball's greatest clown...no one does baseball picture books quite like Audrey Vernick. " said.

" I loved this story of Max Patkin and the ways he entertained on the ball field once he could not play on a team due to injuries. We need more sports stories like this for young readers. For any reader who loves baseball this would be an eye-opening read in the history of the sport and the man that entertained the crowd before the advent of team mascots. This story has heart showing this man and his love for baseball. He found a way to keep on playing in a different way. " said.

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Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of The Funniest Man in Baseball. All opinions are my own.
Comedy on the baseball diamond? Sure, why not? This biographical picture book tells the story of Max Patkin from his childhood dreams of playing in the big leagues, through his military service, and into his long career as a baseball clown. The funny man entertained crowds for many years, and this book details many of his famous acts and experiences with famous players such as Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth. The illustrations add tot he humor as Jennifer Bower has added so much expression and detail to the text. I enjoyed the quotes from Patkin himself sprinkled throughout the book and the author’s note at the end. This is a fun peek into the life of someone I knew nothing of before reading this book. Baseball fans and budding comedians will love this story!
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" A pb biography about a person I had not heard of, but definitely had an interesting life. Max Patkin had an important part in baseball, just not on the field - more off on the sidelines - providing comic relief during the game for the spectators! " said.

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