This nostalgic and historical picture book follows Huey through South Seattle as he retraces his steps through the charming neighborhood surrounding Sick’s Stadium to find his lost ticket--and follows him through the big game to victory. Neighbors from all different backgrounds listen to the game, announced by the beloved Leo Lassen, as Huey visits locally owned shops like the Italian bakery and the Japanese fish market. Featuring the vibrant retro illustrations by Larry Gets Lost series creator John Skewes, Ticket to the Pennant celebrates diversity and will be cherished by baseball fans young and old.
Mark Holtzen and his family live in Seattle. He teaches third grade and wrote and published The Pig War, a novel set in the San Juan Islands.
John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle. As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost® children’s book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself.
"Skewes’ bright, retro-flavored cartoons complement the text, vividly capturing the time and place as well as Huey’s changing emotions. Sweet and wistful nostalgia for a bygone era."
"A 32 page celebration of a time when baseball was the only game in town."
—KING-5 TV Evening Magazine
"People who know Seattle baseball or the Rainier Valley neighborhood will enjoy this trip down memory lane."
—Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media
“This is a book for young sports fans...but also for readers of any age who crave a sense of history and community.”
—NW Book Lovers
"[A] great book about a much-loved aspect of the history of our area."
"[A] gorgeous new picture book...featuring beautiful retro-style illustrations from John Skewes"
—The Winged Pen
“Even if you are not a baseball fan, I promise you will also warm to Mark Holtzen’s slice of Seattle history.”
—Newbery Honor-Winning Author Kirby Larson
“A Ticket to the Pennant will engage every baseball fan from Seattle on the west coast to Baltimore on the east, and every place between.”
—Kid Lit Reviews
“Shows how baseball unites diverse communities.”
—Northwest Asian Weekly