Van Dusen’s tale is inventive and humorous. Randy is a lovably nerdy genius who is admired for his brains and is part of a team that doesn’t seem to mind his poor batting average. Gouache paintings use clean crisp lines and sharp, bright colors in a variety of perspectives. Everything from the cars in the driveways to the living-room décor places the events in pre-computer, mid-20th-century America. A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game.
With all the bases covered-musical text, entertaining artwork, and surefire subject matter-this title bats 1,000 for group or lapsit read-alouds.
—School Library Journal
Randy may be an easy out with a bat, but his heroism merits a spot at the heart of any budding geek’s lineup.
In this retro rhyming tribute to mind over batter, Van Dusen casts a wide net: anyone who’s a fan of nerds, "Casey at the Bat," classic science fiction, or mid-century design should find something to like in these eye-popping pages.
Children will enjoy the adventures of a young boy who used his love of baseball to save the day.
—Library Media Connection
Young Randy Riley has two passions: science and baseball. But he’s more of a student than an athlete. As Chris Van Drusen puts it in verse: "See, Randy was a genius;/he just couldn’t hit the ball./He struck out every time at bat./He wasn’t good at all." But when Randy spies through his "Space Boy telescope" a massive fireball hurling toward Earth, his way with robots saves more than a game. In science fiction, there’s more than one way to hit a home run.
Chris Van Dusen’s RANDY RILEY’S REALLY BIG HIT won me over at first swing… There’s a cool retro feel to this sci-fi rhyming book along with some gloriously comic special effects. It’s just scary enough to be a page turner and brings a whole new twist to kids and baseball.
—The Boston Globe
With a nod to "Casey at the Bat," a dash of science geek, and the impending destruction of the earth, RANDY RILEY’S REALLY BIG HIT has something for everyone.
—Huffington Post Parents blog