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- 1975 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book (Picture Book)
Of all the things there were to do on Saturday mornings in the park, playing baseball was what Joe wanted most to do that day. He found a game going, and asked if he could play. "Scram kid," said one of the boys, not even looking at him. But Joe didn't' want to scram. He wanted to play.
And then began Joe's angry, wide-awake dream. Each time he tried to get into the game and couldn't, he pictured himself getting even by yelling back at them twice as hard and by being twice as mean. Go jump in the lake!
"Go soak your head!"
Discouraged, Joe walked away from the game. But then he met another boy and found to his surprise that there was more than one good way to spend a Saturday morning in the park. In this humorous, subtle story, Ann McGovern shows that being left out, getting angry about it, and finding something else to do can be part of a normal day. Nola Langner's detailed, cinematic illustrations are filled with delightful incident and activity.