________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004


Hockey Superstars 2004-2005.

Paul Romanuk.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2004.
48 pp., pbk., $5.99.
ISBN 0-439-96133-5.

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

Grades 3-8 / Ages 8-13.

Review by Georgie Perigny.

*** /4


If you picked Martin St. Louis to win the NHL scoring title last season, you’re a hockey genius. No disrespect to Martin and the amazing season he had. It’s just that few people expected him to finish with more points than Joe Sakic or Jaromir Jagr.

Hockey Superstars 2004-2005 is Paul Romanuk’s 18th edition of this annual publication. Toronto’s Romanuk, who has announced everything from NBA games on TSN to international hockey telecasts and Olympic Games, is a long-time sideline reporter for the Raptors games and is set to become the new play-by play radio announcer for the Raptors.

     Hockey Superstars is filled with up-to-date information on 17 NHL players that Romanuk has selected as being superstars. This year’s edition includes players such as as Martin Havlat, Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash and Mats Sundin. Organized alphabetically from David Aebischer to Alex Tanguay, the book’s layout introduces a new player on the right hand page of each pair of facing pages and includes the individual’s full-colour glossy photograph on the left page with the player’s individual statistics included underneath the photo. Each player’s text includes a brief biography, childhood reminiscences and career highlights including NHL team statistics. The text also includes fun facts about the players and quotes from teammates and managers.

     In addition to offering readers a chance to learn more about their favourite NHL superstars, this fun fact book also allows readers to keep track of their favourite team and provides readers with 2003-2004 NHL statistics. Hockey Superstars is a well-organized book that captures readers’ attention with its glossy pictures and facts. The book also includes illustrations and explanations of “Referee Signals” to assist the readers in understanding the rules of hockey.

     Hockey Superstars also has an interactive portion which consists of a number of charts for readers to fill out using information from the 2004-2005 NHL hockey season. Normally, Hockey Superstars would be a recommended title, especially for boys and girls in the intended audience range who do not like to read. However, due to the present NHL lockout/strike, the interactive portion of the book has become irrelevant, and with the book’s superstars not daily before the book’s intended readers either, the worth of this year’s edition diminishes further.

Recommended with Reservations.

Georgie Perigny, a Teacher’s Assistant at Eckville Elementary School in Eckville, AB, is currently obtaining her Bachelor of Education degree through the University of Alberta at Red Deer College.

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