Casey and Derek on the Ice
After Casey wins the face off, it's up to Derek to make the tying goal. Can he do it ? The fans are on their feet as he speeds down the ice. He cuts inside, splitting the defense. He's about to shoot. Then CRASH! Here is a hockey yarn sure to bring readers to their feet cheering for the underdogs.
Borrowing the cadences of Ernest Thayer's classic Casey at the Bat, this hockey tale by newcomer Sederman also sets up a suspenseful end-of-game scenario. The eponymous brothers, Casey and Derek (based on the author's sons), tag-team their efforts to help their Rockets beat the Titans in overtime. Hockey fans will relish the jargon (a shot went clean 'top right' ), and if the plays can get confusing (as in a real match), the illustrations' perspectives will keep readers in the game. The oils by Pullen (The Greatest Game Ever Played) take the action to ice level when Derek slammed into the boards and raise it to a bird's-eye view for a face-off. The players' faces are disconcerting, with their large noses and jowls; at times they seem like caricatures of tough guys. Only those expecting a Thayer-like anticlimax will be surprised by the joyful ending. Ages 5-9. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author : Chronicle Books LLC
Publisher : Chronicle Books Llc
Published Year : September 2008
Edition : 0
Subject : Literary Collections
ISBN : 081185132X
ISBN13 : 9780811851329