Lucky At Bat

Children - Animals
144 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2022
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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite

Lucky was a lucky, happy rat who had been rescued by a kind lady and through her, he met his friend Jack. Lucky and his brother, Gus-Gus, found a home with Jack and his family. They were safe and loved and couldn’t be happier! One day, Jack decided to take his two tiny friends to watch a baseball game. While Gus-Gus was happily munching his way through snacks, Lucky was transfixed by the ‘game’ happening in front of him. He wanted to play too but rats don’t play baseball. Still, that doesn’t stop Lucky from loving the game and being excited by the fact that Jack took him to practice with him. There he met new friends and was even given the chance to be the team’s mascot. He learned about baseball and somehow became the secret batting coach of the team. But things don’t turn out the way he had hoped. Instead of being seen as a helpful guide, Lucky’s presence was seen as a threat by a rival baseball team. What will happen next? Read Lucky At Bat written by Alisse Lee and Joseph Goldenberg to find out.

Lucky At Bat is a children’s book by Alisse Lee and Joseph Goldenberg; an uplifting tale of friendship, love, bravery, and hope. It was an engaging read from start to finish. The book has a third-person narrative and steady pacing, an even tone, and a smoothly flowing storyline. Gus-Gus and Lucky were so adorable that they made me want some pet rats of my own. Lucky was such a caring, happy-go-lucky rat. I admired his passion for baseball and his determination to help his friends. Jack was a sweet, energetic, and loving boy who cared about his pets and loved baseball. The story was made up of many different characters, from Jack's family to his Bulldogs team, and they served as a strong foundation and support for this straightforward plot. I was pulled into this story right from the very first sentence and, along the way, I witnessed the characters grow and learn from their experiences. This book showcases the importance of family, friendship, and support. The Goldenbergs have nailed the market for wholesomeness with this. An engrossing and inspirational read. I am looking forward to reading more work by Alisse Lee and Joseph Goldenberg. An outstanding job!

Amy Louise Hill

Lucky At Bat by Alisse Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg is an inspiring book for young children. One day, a young boy named Jack rescues two rats. The rats (Lucky and Gus-Gus) were previously mistreated, but as soon as they meet Jack, they instantly feel at home with him. Jack is a huge fan of baseball and Lucky and Gus-Gus soon learn all about it. One particular morning, Jack dresses differently, leaving Lucky and Gus-Gus feeling confused. Jack announces that he is starting to play in the little league and this excites Lucky, but his brother was less enthusiastic. At Jack's first practice, Lucky tags along and enjoys watching him play. At the next practice, Lucky joins Jack once again, but this time something amazing happens! What happens at Jack's practice and what will it mean for Lucky?

Lucky At Bat was an enjoyable book. I was hooked on the storyline from the very first page, and once I'd started reading, I couldn't put it down. You instantly get a feel for the personality of each character. The two rats have been portrayed as loveable and sweet, making the story that much more pleasant. The writing is professional and flawless; it reads smoothly and allows you to see each scene clearly in your head. The authors delight the reader with some adorable hand-drawn illustrations, and I know children will love them as much as I did. I adored reading this incredible book and I would read it again and again. Congrats, Alisse and Joseph Goldenberg, I hope to see more from you both soon.

Emma Megan

Lucky At Bat by Alisse Lee Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg is a delightful animal story for children. It concerns two rats, Lucky and Gus-Gus, and their ten-year-old owner, Jack. Thanks to Jack, Lucky and Gus-Gus finally have a home and feel happy and loved. One evening, Jack takes Lucky and Gus-Gus to the living room to watch a baseball game on television with him. Lucky is enchanted by what he sees and falls in love with baseball. When Jack takes up baseball, he takes Lucky with him to practice and Lucky's interest in the sport grows stronger and stronger. Lucky even befriends another pet and sort of becomes a part of the team. But for how long and at what cost can he remain a member of the team? Can a ballpark be a safe place for a rat?

Lucky At Bat by Alisse and Joseph Goldenberg was a really fun book to read. It's quite inspirational, engaging, and heartwarming as it changes opinions on rats and proves that they can make great pets. I am a fan of Lucky, and I want a pet just as smart, brave, and special as him. This wonderful story reminded me of the animated film Ratatouille. The book intends to encourage adults to grant their children's wish to have a rat as a pet. It encourages all readers not to give up on their dreams, no matter what obstacles stand in the way or how big those dreams may be. The tale will captivate both animal lovers and baseball fans alike.

Pikasho Deka

Lucky At Bat is a children's sports adventure tale by mother-son duo Alisse Lee Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg. Lucky and Gus-Gus are two cute and cuddly rat brothers adopted by the family of Jack, a ten-year-old boy who loves to play baseball. Jack plays for the Bulldogs in his Little League team. After taking Jack and Gus-Gus to the games, Jack realizes that Lucky has developed quite an affinity for baseball, and Lucky starts offering Jack batting tips that always hit the mark. Soon, Lucky is made the mascot of the Blue Jays and is a regular attendee at their games. But an angry act by an opposition player lands Lucky a trip to the veterinarian. Low on morale and feeling down, how can Jack and Lucky raise their spirits and get back on the field?

A wholesome story about courage and willpower, Lucky At Bat is an inspiring sports novel for kids and young adults alike. Authors Alisse Lee Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg build some immensely likable and relatable characters who find a way into your heart with their genuine love for baseball and each other. Jack, Lucky, and Gus-Gus show the bond between humans and their pets and how they make each other's lives all the more fun and playful. Apart from Jack and Lucky's relationship, I also enjoyed the dynamic between the furry little brothers. If you share a similar bond with your pets or have a love for baseball, this is a book you'll have a great time with.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Lucky At Bat by Alisse Lee Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg is a sweet animal tale about a ten-year-old boy called Jack and his two rescue rat pets, Lucky and his brother Gus-Gus. The rats love their home, a giant cage filled with toys, ropes, and levels to climb and explore placed in Jack’s room. When Jack is allowed to watch the opening night of the baseball game on television with his pets, Lucky catches baseball fever. On joining the Little League, the boy convinces his mom to bring Lucky, who shows a talent for the game, to his practice. After winning their first game, Lucky becomes the team’s secret batting coach and mascot. This causes tension because Danny, a player from the rival team, accuses Jack and Lucky of cheating. Can Jack and Lucky attend the next game together?

Alisse Lee Goldenberg and Joseph Goldenberg’s Lucky at Bat is an engaging story about a special relationship between a young boy and his pet rats. I find the choice of Lucky and Gus-Gus endearing because most people wouldn’t elect to have rats as pets. This book shows that rats can make good pets because they are affectionate and intelligent animals, can bond quickly with their owners, and learn new tricks. The story is simple, appealing, and relatable. It also focuses on bullying and reminds children of all ages to have healthier relationships with their peers. Most of all, the book teaches us to pursue our dreams because everyone can be a winner!