Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California. Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad but moved to the United States at the age of seven. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has illustrated numerous books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. He lives in New York.
"An affecting tribute to Robinson, to a dedicated son and to a
thoughtful, deep-feeling father. And, of course, to baseball."
"Bootman's lovely watercolor paintings add detail and wistful nostalgia... [readers] will appreciate the story's insightful treatment of deafness as viewed through the eyes of a child."
"Genuinely affecting... Bootman's realistic, wonderfully expressive watercolor paintings capture the fashions and flavor of 1940's New York in muted brows and greens. The endpapers, an actual scrapbook of old newspaper articles about Robinson, provide a satisfying context for this ultimately upbeat, multi-dimensional story."
"It takes the young Uhlberg, narrator of the story, a while to overcome his embarrassment at his father's attempts to cheer for Robinson...but eventually Dad's devotion wins the day in a moving finale. Colin Bootman, who earned a Coretta Scott Honor Award for Almost to Freedom (2003), uses evocative watercolors rich in soft browns and lush greens to capture both the feel of the 1940s (fedora-wearing fans) and the electricity of Robinson's play."