2005 Parents' Choice Awards, Gold Award
2006Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Poeple
2006 Red Clover Award finalist (Vermont State Book Award)
2006 Nevada Young Readers' Award finalist
2007 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award finalist
2006-2007 Alabama Emphasis on Reading Award finalist
2007-2008 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, Honor Book
2011 Monarch Award finalist (Illinois Children's Choice Award)
Original artwork exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, part of "The Original Art" 2005
"Tavares's subtly hued, stylized watercolors effectively evoke the era as well as the tale's highly charged action and emotion. With his expert use of close-up and full-diamond views, he creates a visual pacing that adds to the suspense. ... Whether fact or fiction, it is a refreshing and rousing story, with illustrations that will sweep up young spectators."
"With its winning combination of well-shaped, satistying story; readable, muscular prose; and cinematic illustrations, Mudball should make a big splash with underdogs and baseball fans alike."
-The Horn Book
"Tavares employs short, simple sentences spiced with players' confused shouts. Pencil illustrations washed with pale watercolors are filled with humorous details and delightfully expressive faces. Did it really happen? It doesn't matter. Play ball!""
"A celebration of pluck and the joy of playing in the mud."
"The large-scale, softly shaded pencil drawings have plenty of motion, just right for a sports story....An attractive book for baseball fans who enjoy watching small heroes triumph..."
"For pure fun, Matt Tavares' Mudball, a (mostly) tall tale from baseball history, is a hoot. .. Little Leaguers will delight in this messy story about the big hero who hit the 'shortest home run in baseball history.' "