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 bringreaders to their feet cheering for the underdogs.

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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 bringreaders to their feet cheering for the underdogs.

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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In a style reminiscent of Thayer's "Casey at the Bat," Sederman tells the action-packed story of a tight hockey game between the Titans and the Rockets. The rhyming couplets convey the excitement and momentum of the action. Unlike Casey in the beloved baseball poem, Sederman's Casey scores a penalty shot sending the game into overtime. Despite an injury, his brother Derek wins the game with an amazing shot into the net. Pullen's illustrations, including the Zamboni on the inside cover, accurately depict the atmosphere surrounding an ice hockey game. The oversized illustrations of the players' facial expressions capture the exciting game, from the disappointment of Derek's injury, to the thrill felt by players and fans when he makes the winning score. Young ice hockey players will enjoy the story and illustrations as they replay the game again and again; however, the book will be easily understood and enjoyed even by young readers who are unfamiliar with ice hockey. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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K-Gr 3

Rhyming couplets tell the story of an ice hockey team winning a big game and brother helping brother. When Derek is tripped by a player on the opposing team and receives the penalty shot, Casey takes it to allow his sibling time to recover. The shot creates an overtime situation, and Derek returns to score the winning goal. Hockey jargon abounds, but any sports enthusiast can enjoy this simple tale with basic brotherly concern. The oil-on-canvas illustrations show how the action intensifies as the illustrator uses varying angles and perspectives from high above in the stands looking down at the tops of the players' helmets to close-up side views of facial pain when Derek goes down. One amusing observation is that the distinctive noses on all the characters, including the opposing team, look as if the players are all related in one big extended genetic family. The colorful endpapers show a worker on a Zamboni smoothing the ice, signifying the beginning and the end of the game. Even though the plot is on the thin side, this book will supplement the dearth of hockey picture books.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Kirkus Reviews

A "Casey at the Bat" for the hockey fan. Using the classic sports poem as a template, Sederman tells a contemporary nail-biter. There's only a minute left to play in the big game between the Rockets and the Titans, with the Rockets trailing by one. Sitting on the bench, Derek and his brother Casey know that they can secure at least a tie for the Rockets. When the Titans unexpectedly call a time-out, Coach uses the opportunity to put the brothers in and change the game plan. Derek speeds down the side of the rink to take a shot; at the crucial moment, a Titan crashes into him. It means a penalty shot for the Rockets, a chance to tie the game. But Derek is too injured to take it; Casey swoops in to secure the tie. And in a tense overtime... Tight rhythms keep the story buoyant. Pullen's oil paintings aptly complement the larger-than-life plot, the characters' earnest faces canvasses for their emotions as they give the game their all. (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811851329
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marty Sederman plays hockey as often as she can. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons—the real Casey and Derek.

Zachary Pullen's illustrations have appeared in Sports Illustrated. He lives in Wyoming.

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