Family Huddle

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HUDDLE UP WITH THE MOST FAMOUS FAMILY IN FOOTBALL - THE MANNINGS!!!

Pile into the car with Eli, Peyton and their older brother, Cooper in Family Huddle for a trip to visit their grandparents. Their dad, former NFL star Archie Manning, is at the wheel with Olivia at his side. Eli, Peyton and Cooper joke around and play football at every opportunity. The boys run fun plays like the buttonhook, quarterback sneak, and hook and ladder. Family and football will always be a big deal ...

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HUDDLE UP WITH THE MOST FAMOUS FAMILY IN FOOTBALL - THE MANNINGS!!!

Pile into the car with Eli, Peyton and their older brother, Cooper in Family Huddle for a trip to visit their grandparents. Their dad, former NFL star Archie Manning, is at the wheel with Olivia at his side. Eli, Peyton and Cooper joke around and play football at every opportunity. The boys run fun plays like the buttonhook, quarterback sneak, and hook and ladder. Family and football will always be a big deal in the Manning family. Family Huddle is based on some of the Mannings’ memories from their days in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Peyton, Eli, Cooper, father Archie, and mother Olivia: The whole Manning clan is here in a family football outing that entertains as it teaches. Young future NFL stars Peyton and Eli learn tips about quarterback sneaks, buttonhooks, and other gridiron plays from Archie, a College Football Hall of Famer in his own right.
Publishers Weekly
This writing team of two Super Bowl–winning quarterbacks and their former star quarterback father should score with young fans, despite some heavy-handed clichés and syrupy dialogue. As the young Manning family prepares to visit two sets of grandparents, mother Olivia announces to her three football-playing sons (oldest brother Cooper is practicing with his brothers), “This weekend is going to be filled with family and football.” Madsen’s (The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God) digitally created art is most successful in delivering dynamic images of the clan, ably conveying the siblings’ abundant energy, and painterly outdoor scenes of autumn foliage; vehicles and buildings are awkwardly stiff and geometric by comparison. The story itself is fairly empty—it’s mainly a vehicle to introduce plays like the quarterback sneak and buttonhook (which are diagrammed on the endpapers) and platitudes like “As long as you look out for each other, you will always be on a winning team.” But readers should pick up some new moves and game ideas for both on and off the field. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
This is one of those books that got published because of who the family is. The story is about playing football all the time and being good brothers to each other. The brothers are Peyton, Quarterback for the Indiana Colts; Eli, Quarterback for the New York Giants; and Cooper, who played high school and college football. Their dad, Archie Manning, was a star quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. There is no mention of why Cooper did not precede his brothers into the pro leagues, but it is probably not a lack of talent. The Manning boys play football whenever possible, including when they go to visit their grandparents, as happens in the book. They do a "Quarterback Sneak" when they are about to head out to see their grandparents, but why they need to sneak is beyond me. They also execute the "Hook and Ladder," "Go Deep" pass, the "Fade Route," the "Buttonhook," and the "Post Pattern." Diagrams of these plays are printed on the end pages. Their mother tells Peyton, Eli, and Cooper to work together and they will always be on the winning team. I was not impressed with this book and did not see its point. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This is a short spin on the Manning family of football fame. Starting out on what appears to be a perfect Saturday morning, Cooper, Eli, Peyton, Dad, and Mom visit the children's grandparents in Mississippi. Of course, everyone is smiling and happy. The drive is long, and the boys pass the time by playing football trivia. Once they arrive, the story focuses on specific plays, which are highlighted on the endpapers. After spending the day at Grandma Sis's, who looks quite young and sexy, the family drives to visit the other grandparents, who look quite a bit older. Again, there is no plot beyond the boys practicing in different yards. There is absolutely no character development. The illustrations were done in digital media. The figures are awkward and stiff, with overly stylized faces that always seem just a little too big for the rest of their bodies.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545153775
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 193,658
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Peyton Manning is the Super Bowl–winning quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He has earned three NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and is a nine-time Pro Bowl choice. In 1999, Peyton established The PeyBack Foundation to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting established programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eli Manning has been the star quarterback for the New York Giants since 2004. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XLII in 2008 when he led the Giants to victory. Eli was later named the Sporting News 2008 Pro Athlete of the Year. Eli is a major supporter of St. Vincent\u2019s Catholic Medical Center, making regular hospital visits and raising money for the Eli Manning Pediatrics Fund. Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, live in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Archie Manning attended the University of Mississippi, where he was named an All-American quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. In 1971, Archie was the second player chosen in the NFL draft, and during his 15-year career he set passing records with the New Orleans Saints and played in two Pro Bowls. Archie Manning and his wife, Olivia, reside in New Orleans.

Jim Madsen has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and three children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    very cute

    I'm a huge fan of the Mannings so I bought this book for my nephews. It's adorable and great for any kids that love sports.

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