[Review] Brooklyn Bat Boy by Geoff Griffin

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Disclosure: *I received a print copy of this book for free from the author itself in exchange for honest review and as participation in MCBD. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Hello, Feaders!

It’s been a hell-o week but I was positively good on every way around (and happy I succeeded in accomplishing all my tasks).

So now, I’m going to review today the book of Mr. Griffin that was matched to me after the sponsorship on MCBD and honestly, I’m glad the book finds its way to me.

Anyway, here it is as a participation to the coming event of MCBD and hopes you do so and see it.



Bobby Kelly is a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy who loves playing stickball in the street with his friends and cheering for the Dodgers.

Bobby’s dream of being part of the Dodgers comes true in 1947 when he lands the job of bat boy for the team. There’s just one thing Bobby’s not sure about.

The Dodgers are planning to do something that has never been done before. An African-American named Jackie Robinson will be playing for Brooklyn. Bobby isn’t sure how to feel about it, especially since members of his family and kids in his neighborhood don’t like the idea.

In order to truly become part of the Dodgers, Bobby will have to learn to accept Robinson as a member of the team and learn from his example.



Baseball games here in my country are not much entertained or don’t get much attention than Basketball. So honestly, I’m not familiar with all the things that have been going on the story but I learned a lot thru the book. I learned how other countries, especially in Brooklyn, showcase their inner likeness and support of their choice. They let others see of whom their heads are favorable and something of interest.

Not only that, the culture and diversity are what I’m fascinated. The author really shows the culture of having baseball games as part of living in the 1940’s of which I’m sure not yet my time since it’s far from my birth date. Through the book, I see that during that time things go turn into something of a problem. That’s when Jackie Robinson came to the Dodgers team which some arguably agree and disagree by different parties. Actually, I think it is really revolving around the story of Robinson and not to the main character, Bobby Kelly. I see there a racism and discrimination which is observable in the story with Jackie Robinson and to those who push him to his limits or down him.

I was just happy and glad about all that’s insults he (Robinson) received, he did not pay back a fight to it instead just go with the routine until he proves to them that he is not what they think he is.

All in all, I was really entertained by reading this and educate-ly contribute to my learning on other country culture and behavior.

A great and awesome applause to the author who made this happen. And I will my thanks here to Mr. Geoff Griffin for giving me this and to MCBD for introducing the event that gives me this opportunity.



About Author             

geoff2Geoff Griffin

has worked as a lawyer, special education teacher, journalist and editor.

He has over 20 years of experience writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines. He has had a number of essays published in anthologies and is co-host of the award-winning Travel Brigade Radio Show and Podcast. This is his first work of fiction.

More at www.geoffgriffin.com.

About MCBD

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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4 thoughts on “[Review] Brooklyn Bat Boy by Geoff Griffin

  1. Thank you so much for your review of Brooklyn Bat Boy on behalf of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I loved how it’s not a sport that your country really follows but that you were able to understand it and follow the story of discrimination of Jackie Robinson, a real hero of the Civil Rights Movement through major league baseball, through the eyes of the bat boy. I read this book and really loved it. My 11 year son did as well. I’ll share your review! Thank you again for your support!


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