CM . . .
. Volume XX Number 15. . . .December 13, 2013
As the series’ title indicates, books in Crabtree’s “Superstars!” series focus on individuals or groups who are high-profile performers in their fields of endeavor. However, don’t expect to see scientists, historians, archeologists or the like being profiled in this series. All of the superstars are part of the world of entertainment, with “entertainment” being understood in the broadest sense, including those who are seen acting on the big and small screen, making and performing music, or playing a professional sport. Not surprisingly, virtually all of the books in the series have featured Americans, and the only two Canadian to have been included in the series prior to Sidney Crosby, Justin Bieber and Steve Nash, like Crosby achieved their principal professional fame south of 49.
As is the case with most biographies for the young, Sidney Crosby is quite laudatory in tone and employs a largely chronological approach. The relatively brief text is most generously illustrated with colour photos and supplemented by text boxes which add additional information. For example, a text box headed “What’s in a Number?” explains:
The book’s concluding section includes a one-page "Timeline" that begins with Crosby’s birth on August 7, 1987, and ends with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ semi-final loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Sixteen terms that had appeared in the main text in bold are then defined in a one-page "Glossary" while a "Find Out More" page lists four books and three websites. The final page contains an "Index" and very brief biographical information about the author.
In the short term, the contents of Sidney Crosby will be of interest to hockey fans, especially with the forthcoming Winter Olympics, since, barring injury, Crosby will undoubtedly be part of Canada’s Olympic hockey team.
Dave Jenkinson, CM's editor, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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