Joy in Mudville

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

It had been only twenty-four hours since Mighty Casey struck out, plunging fans of the Mudville team into gloom and despair. But a new game day dawned, and Casey once again proved his might with a homer in the eighth. The Mudville nine took a one-run lead, but in the bottom of the ninth, their hurler walked three straight.

Bases loaded and the starting pitcher spent, the Mudville manager was not bullish about his bullpen. With the game on the line, he called for rookie Joy Armstrong to take the mound. Could she bring joy to Mudville again—and prove that a girl can play ball as well as any boy?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV014000, JUV032010, JUV039140
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 810
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 164162
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Black Eyed Susan Book Awards Nominee, Short-listed, 2014


Library Media Connection

“As a read-aloud, sports fans and story lovers will enjoy learning how Mudville wins the game.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“There’s a not-so-subtle message here, but it’s delivered with pitch-perfect tone. This playful retelling wins a place for itself alongside the many iterations of Casey’s tale.” —School Library Journal

Booklist Online

“[A] good addition to the slim number of picture books about girls who excel at sports.” —Booklist Online

Publishers Weekly

“Dibley is a visual power hitter. His settings conjure up a beautiful day on a dusty, small-town field, while his characters’ broad, red noses (an artistic signature) and imperturbable miens feel right on the mark.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]ll the characters’ expressions and actions are perfectly suited to this very odd game. The old ball game is still great fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. Bob went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. This would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.

Illustrator: Glin Dibley