Book Reviews by Kids

I have received thousands of letters from students praising my baseball books. These are some of the more memorable book reviews by kids that I hand-picked for your review. Many are funny. Many are sweet. I want you to know kids who read my sports books for children I review every letter I receive and place some of the more special letters I have received on my website for teachers/parents/kids enjoyment. Thank you for your fond words of praises and just like Fuji who is the central character in the baseball stories always believe that you are destined for greatness!

Dear Dr. Mullen,
I’ve read your book The Day I Hit a Home Run at Principal Park. It’s probably the best book I’ve ever read. It was so good that I couldn’t put it down and got in trouble for reading it.

5.0 out of 5 stars an official team, November 20, 2007
Reader Views “Reviews, by readers, for readers” (Austin, Texas)
This review is from: The Day I Hit a Home Run at Great American Ball Park (Paperback)
Reviewed by Karma Barry (age 13) for Reader Views (11/07)

“The Day I Hit a Home Run at Great American Ball Park” is an inspirational read that tells the story of a young boy who is trying to reach his goals and commands you to never give up. A magnificent author, Paul Mullen can give an everyday pass time flavor in a story by using genius comedy and the life of being the youngest in a line of brothers. “Everybody line up, and Bill and I will choose sides.” “Did I hear an echo?” Lovers of baseball and coming-of-age stories will reread this book, no matter what the age, and will keep an eye open for more of Paul Mullen’s works, though I am not sure if there are anymore.

I have never played baseball on an official team but I have played for a volleyball team, and the pressure of some of the games was brought back as I continued to read and was intensified the further I was through the book. I also relearned some things I already knew from another perspective: Never give up on your dreams, Nothing is impossible, and Never stop believing.

I will be looking for more of Paul Mullen’s works in search of more inspirational stories. The story in “The Day I Hit a Home Run at Great American Ball Park” is one that I will be keeping in my heart for a long time and I hope that others who read it will feel the same way.

I am really looking forward to reading your Iowa Cubs book. Do you know I hit a home run, too? Just not at Principal Park. – Alyssa Smith

Thank you for coming to Brubaker Elementary. I love the book. It is an inspiration to me. You’re the best author I’ve ever met. I was the one who held the door for you and you thanked me and shook my hand. – Dayjah

If so many people like your book would you make it into a movie? – Brittany Stoll

I am reading your book and it is awesome! Well . . . I’m only on the first page but just looking at the front cover it must be cool. You shook my hand. That was awesome. – Kenzie

Thanks so much for coming to our school. It was fun having you. Your sports book is a great book. I read it in 3rd grade. Me and my friends think you are funny. We love your books.
Your biggest fan – Paige Rice

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