________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005

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Where's My Hockey Sweater?

Gilles Tibo. Illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin. Translated by Petra Johannson.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2005.
32 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 0-439-95677-3.

Subject Headings:
Hockey-Equipment and supplies-Juvenile fiction.
Bedrooms-Cleaning-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8.

Review by Linda Ludke.

***½ /4

excerpt:

 

Nicholas raced down to the basement. He rummaged under the workbench and behind the suitcases and through the toy boxes. Finally, he found his helmet.

Nicholas ran back to the kitchen and gobbled some toast with peanut butter. Now to find his hockey stick and his sweater.

 
 

On the morning of the first hockey practice of the season, Nicholas bolts out of bed with a loud "UH OH!" He has to find his equipment, but his room is a disaster, and he doesn't know where to start. Sifting through a mountain of socks, pajamas and toys, Nicholas unearths his shoulder pads, shin guards and hockey pants.

     With the clock ticking and only half-dressed, he expands his search to the garage, basement and even to under the front porch. The young athlete's family offers suggestions as well as admonishments: "Didn't I see your sweater in your bedroom?" his mom asked. "You know, Nicholas, you've got to keep track of your stuff."

 

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     After much effort, Nicholas is finally suited up and ready for practice. The punch line comes when his mother says, "Wait a minute ... I'm not sure where I put my car keys ...." The last wordless page reveals the missing keys underneath a snoozing cat.

     Bruno St-Aubin's watercolor illustrations humourously depict the early morning hustle and bustle of family life. Children will laugh at the exaggerated chaos of Nicholas's bedroom. The pages overflow with details, and observant readers can play a hide-and-seek game of locating the cat and mouse hidden amongst the avalanche of "stuff" on every page.

     Fans of Robert Munsch will also enjoy this funny story. The repetitive lines encourage audience participation. As a storytime read-aloud, this picture book scores.

 

Highly Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

 

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