October 2, 2008

2008 Hockey Books For Kids

Are you looking for a quality gift to place under the Christmas tree for the hockey-loving boy or girl in your life? Look no further - Hockey Book Reviews.com has the lowdown on the top hockey books for kids for Christmas 2008.

Just One Goal by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.
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Perhaps the world's most prolific children's author has dreamed up an amazing story about a little girl who loves hockey. She builds the community a rink on the frozen river, but her team never wins. She's determined to score her team a victory, even as the thawing rink presents great danger

It does not get better than this - Hockey and Robert Munsch!

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The Hockey Tree By David Ward, Illustrated by Brian Deines
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This highly acclaimed book from 2006 makes it's paperback debut in 2008. The Hockey Tree is a great story about a father, son and daughter enjoying Canada's great game on a frozen lake. But they run into a problem when their puck falls into an ice fisherman's hole. Have no fear, dad has a plan to keep the hockey going, but he needs the kids to help him find the perfect tree - The Hockey Tree

It's a great story folks, but the illustrations really make this book perfect. Using soft tones illustrator Brian Deines perfectly captures the great Canadian dream of hockey in it's purest form.

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Wendel and The Great One by Mike Leonetti, Illustrated by Greg Banning
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After misfiring in 2007, Mike Leonetti returns in 2008 with his annual children's hockey history title. In Wendel and The Great One he mixes hockey history with the story of a boy who is trying to figure out what it means to be a leader. He turns to his heroes, Wendel Clark and Wayne Gretzky, to discover how to be the best captain he can be.

It's a good book and it teaches great values.

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Xtreme Hockey - Stephen Cole authors this flashy and colorful title aimed at 6-12 year olds.

Inside this book, which features the thickest pages you'll ever find in a book, is a collection of amazing stories presented in flashy presentation reminiscent of those Ripley's Believe It Or Not titles.

There's some great pictures in here too. It's the kind of book you will enjoy flipping through with your children, especially if you are a trivia buff or passing along that trait to your children.

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Peril at the World's Biggest Hockey Tournament - The long-awaited addition to a series that has sold one million copies.

The Screech Owls have come to Ottawa, the capital of Canada, to play in the world’s biggest minor league hockey tournament — more than 500 teams gathering from all over the world! Little does Nish realize, as he befriends the hilarious, daring mascot, that he is about to embark on the most terrifying adventure of his lifetime.

The Bell Capital Cup is a tournament that brings together 25,000 kids and more than 510 teams. Published to coincide with the next Cup over the 2007/2008 winter holiday, this new Screech Owls book is a grand re-entry for this outstanding series.

Hockey Trivia for Kids 2, by Eric Zweig

A spin off from 2006's Hockey Trivia for Kids, Eric Zweig offers another pocket book packed full of hockey stories, pictures and cartoons. If you have a seriously hockey infatuated youngster on your Christmas list, this book will keep them entertained and educated with fascinating factoids that will make them the hockey expert of their school!

Either of Zweig's juvenile trivia offerings would make for a perfect stocking stuffer.

Veteran hockey author Mike Leonetti returns with the fifth edition of the popular Hockey Now! franchise.

A book for all hockey fans with richly illustrated two page biographies of 74 of the greatest players today. Beautiful layout and high quality production.

The fifth edition is fully updated. Profiles include Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Dion Phaneuf, Zdeno Chara, Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur.

Hockey Superstars 2008-2009 by Paul Romanuk

For 20 years now broadcaster Paul Romanuk and Scholastic have been churning out his Hockey Superstars series. It must be a big hit with the kids to have run this long. I know the books drew my attention 20 years ago when the series first started.

Romanuk has not really changed his successful formula. He profiles 15-20 of today's top NHLers with a color photograph and the briefest of biographies. He throws in the same usual interactive pages where you can keep track of the unfolding NHL season or learn the referee's hand signals.

This is a solid choice for someone aged 6 through 10. The books a little thin for a fan much older than that.

Slapshots: The Complete Series: Books #1-4, by Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is another prolific children's author, penning dozens of books. Wikipedia lists over 60 titles.

One of his most popular series of books is the hockey-themed Slapshots. There are four titles in all, starting with Slapshots #1: The Stars from Mars and progressing through Slapshots #2: All-Mars All-Stars, Slapshots #3: The Face-Off Phoney, and Slapshots #4: Cup Crazy.

Instead of buying all the books individually, you can now buy all the books in one volume: Slapshots: The Complete Series: Books #1-4

The series is hardly breaking new ground. In fact, it is downright formulaic, a la the Bad News Bears. It's about a bunch of misfits put together trying to become a team. Korman does a nice job of creating interesting characters and his passion for hockey shines through brightly.

SpongeBob's Slap Shot - SpongeBob amazes an ice-hockey scout with his skills while sweeping up the Krusty Krab, and he soon finds himself playing professional hockey! But when he realizes whose team he is playing for, and who he must play against, SpongeBob starts having second thoughts. Does he really have what it takes to be an ice-hockey superstar? Hockey enthusiasts and SpongeBob fans alike will delight in this full-color, sports-themed story, ideal for young readers between the ages of 4 and 8.

Inside Hockey!: The Legends, Facts, and Feats That Made the Game - Keltie Thomas is an experienced children's author, also authoring How Hockey Works. In this book Thomas introduces lots of hockey history to the newest generation of puck fans. Good job!

The Farm Team - For fifty years the animals on Stolski's farm have played their hearts out for the Stolski Cup -- the dream of every hockey team all over the northland. And every year the Farm Team has lost to the nastiest, smelliest, snarlingest bunch of varmints ever to don skates -- the Bush League Bandits. As soon as the puck drops for this year's playoff game, the Bandits, playing as dirty as ever, take an early lead. A Bandit porcupine named Needles starts ramming Farm Team players, while the weasels slash and spear. But the Farm Team's goalie Big George blocks some tough shots, while Billy the goat and Vera the goose net three goals to tie things up. Then the Bandits bring in a bruiser of a substitute player so big and mean that these plucky underdogs could be in for a serious mauling. From the award-winning team of Linda Bailey and Bill Slavin and packed with on-ice action and laughs, this is the picture book hockey fans of every age have been waiting for.

We shoot We score! Hockey Sticker Stories on ice Kids will love learning all about hockey positions, rules, penalties, game food, and other fun hockey facts as they add stickers to every spread.


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