________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 7 . . . . November 21, 2008

cover Hockey Superstars 2008-2009.

Paul Romanuk.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2008.
48 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 978-0-545-99354-8.

Subject Headings:
Hockey players-Biography.
National Hockey League-Biography.

Grades 1-7 / Ages 6-12.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

*** /4


"You look at Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin, these guys are going to be the best players in the league for the next 15 years. I don't compare myself with these guys. I just play my game and do the best I can."

Humble words from one of hockey's best, Vincent Lacavalier. If you need proof that Lacavalier ranks at the top of the NHL, just check the Tampa Bay Lightening record book. This player "has played more games, scored more goals and recorded more points than any other player in the team's history."


Lacavalier is one of the 17 superstars featured in the 2008-2009 edition of Paul Romanuk's Hockey Superstars. New additions include stars Patrick Kane and Roberto Luongo as well as veteran players such as Jarome Iginla, Nicklas Lidstrom and Joe Thornton. However, the stats on the veterans are new and up-to-date. The proven format features a full live action photo of the stars, with stats and a short bio on the right hand page and the scoop on their careers plus a few fun facts on the left of the double page spread.

     The reader learns something new that goes beyond games played and goals scored in this current edition. For instance, "did you know" that Ryan Getzlaf's brother, "Chris, is a receiver with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was part of the Roughriders' 2007 Grey Cup Championship." Or that Roberto Luongo, "so good with his hands, started off knowing a lot about feet. One of his first jobs was working in his father's Montreal shoe store."

     Extras included in this edition are a team listing with information on colours, home arena, mascot, Cups won and nickname. There is also a visual/text reference of referee signals and what they mean which will be of interest to the novice player or fan.

     The issue is "interactive" in that there is ample space for readers to chart their favourite teams progress, end of season standings, playoff predictions, favourite players scoring records and favourite goaltenders records.

     Final team standing from 2007-2008 will benefit the hockey pool enthusiast, and a space for the countdown to the Cup 2009 for the Eastern and Western Conferences will bring the season to an exciting conclusion. The edition finishes with a listing of the NHL awards, a short description of each, the winner from 2008 and room for readers to write their predictions for 2009. The format does not include a table of content or an index but one quickly adapts to the layout and any information is easily located.

     Scholastic has once again produced a well organized, glossy publication. The style is breezy, informative and entertaining. At a cost of $6.99, every young hockey fan would enjoy a copy. Although not classic literature, Hockey Superstars 2008-2009 encourages reading, analyzing, predicting, etc. I hesitate to recommend a copy for school or public library use as the lack of a hard cover or library binding makes it fragile for lending. However, the many taped and mended copies I have in my library from eight years ago are still checked out regularly!!!


Rosemary Hollett is the Librarian of St. Emile School, Winnipeg, MB.

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