I absolutely love this book, but I believe it's a little too subtle as a read-aloud for Kindergarteners and 1st graders. The references to baseball goes over their heads, and the tongue-in-cheek writing (the pictures tell a different story than the written words, sort of like "Dear Mrs. Larue") may be lost on them. It might be a little better as a one-on-one, parent-child read aloud.
I've always liked this book as a read-aloud, unfortunately, the kids I read it to (Kindergarteners through 3rd graders in the Coachella Valley of southern California) don't play as much baseball as the perfect world of my youth, so they don't seem to appreciate its beauty. A little bit ho-hum to them.
Watch out for your little one, the pictures don't always convey what the words are saying.
org. $14.95 beautiful book illustrations
the little boy thinks there are monsters in his closet, his parents sign him up tp play baseball,
playing way out in the out field, he ends up in another game where things are unusual