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Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd, Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

14 Dec 2016

waiting-for-pumpsieComing out in February 2017, Waiting for Pumpsie, written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, is the story of an African American boy in the 1950s who longs for his favorite team, the Red Sox, to add an African American player to their team at least. Promising minor league player Pumpsie Green seems like his greatest hope.

Publishers Weekly recently reviewed this upcoming picture book. They praise the book for both accurately portraying racism and including moments of hope and triumph, writing that, “Although Wittenstein and Ladd never sugarcoat instances of racial prejudice, the story’s moments of triumph sound the loudest notes.” They also praise, “Ladd’s…expressive, dramatically framed acrylics.”

The full review can be found online hereWaiting for Pumpsie can be preordered online here.