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Waiting for Pumpsie, Written by Barry Wittenstein and Illustrated by London Ladd

14 Dec 2016


Starred Review from Kirkus for Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd

March 6th, 2017

Waiting for Pumpsie, the recently released picture book written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, tells the story of a young Boston Red Sox fan in the 1950s who earnestly waits for the Red Sox to racially integrate. They were the last major league baseball team in the United States to do so, but with the arrival of promising new player Pumpsie Green, the time has finally come.

Kirkus gave Pumpsie a starred review! They praised the historically accurate portrayal of 1950s Boston and baseball and the “earnest, joyous voice” of the narrator. They wrote of the illustrations, “Ladd’s wonderfully detailed acrylic-and–colored pencil illustrations powerfully and beautifully complement and enhance the events.” They conclude that Waiting for Pumpsie is, “innocent, aware, and endlessly hopeful and will win readers hearts. A grand slam.”

Kirkus’s full review is available on their site here. You can purchase Waiting for Pumpsie online here.

New Review for Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd

February 21, 2017

Waiting for Pumpsie, written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, is available for purchase as of today! The picture book tells the story of a young boy, Bernard, living in Boston in the 1950s, and his dream that the Boston Red Sox will draft an African American player. Twelve years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the Red Sox at last added Pumpsie Green to their team, making them the last major league team to integrate.

Just in time for the book’s release, a new review of Waiting for Pumpsie is available from the Fenway News newspaper. The Fenway News praises the book’s portrayal of an important civil rights event and its ode to baseball in the 50s. They write, “The book is half-criticism, half-ode. London Ladd’s illustrations Fenway as it was in the 1950s.”

You can order Waiting for Pumpsie online here.

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

December 14, 2016

Coming 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.