W is for Wrigley: The Friendly Confines Alphabet

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What is the oldest ballpark in the National League? Whose famous scoreboard is still operated by hand? Whose outfield has ivy-covered redbrick walls ready to snatch home run dreams away from a batter? If you’re a baseball fan and live anywhere in the Midwest, you know the answer. It’s Wrigley Field in Chicago! Just in time to celebrate the April ’14 centennial of its opening day comes W is for Wrigley: A Friendly Confines Alphabet, an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. As one of only two major league stadiums to host baseball for at least 100 seasons, Wrigley Field has seen a lot of baseball history, including memorable Crosstown Classics and pitching feats by Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux. From the fans’ chant of “Go, Cubs, Go!” to the “Hey, Hey” home run call of longtime announcer Jack Brickhouse, baseball fans will enjoy reading about the field’s history, features, and momentous events.



  • Dewey: 796.357/640977311
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585368167): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2013, 08/01/2013
  • PDF (9781627530415): 32 pages, © 2013, 08/01/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535762): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 8 - Age 11
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 6
  • ATOS Reading Level: 6.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 162733
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

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Author: Brad Herzog

Brad Herzog lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Luke and Jesse. As a freelance writer, he has won several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, including a Grand Gold Medal for best magazine article of the year. Brad has published more than two dozen books, including two memoirs about his travels through small-town America.

Illustrator: John Hanley

John Hanley attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied under the guidance of the most talented artists and instructors in the Midwest. John’s love of sports, along with his artistic talent has resulted in his current achievements: painting the athletes and legends of today and yesterday. He has worked directly with Hall of Fame and current athletes and professional sports teams and their sponsors with commemorative limited-edition prints. John’s original paintings and prints are collected across the country. He lives with his wife, Carol, and their three children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.