By Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
This used to be a brand-new baseball season, and the Champs have been able to pass of their spiffy fresh uniforms. Nevermind that the former 12 months they accomplished final within the North American Mammal League, this season will be varied. but if a Wombat wanders onto the sector establishing video game day, the Champs don't know simply how various the sport used to be approximately to turn into. younger readers and listeners are absolute to have fun with Helen Lester’s hilarious baseball lingo wordplay as Lynn Munsinger’s illustrations catch the befuddled Wombat and his earnest makes an attempt to slot in and play ball.
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Batter Up Wombat by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger