Monday, 19 November 2012

TBC: My First Hockey Book

I consider myself very lucky to have made some excellent contacts with people in the publishing world. I don't usually pick up a lot of children's books, so I am grateful for the people at Scholastic Books for keeping me apprised of the new books coming out for the younger reader. Today's entry into Teebz's Book Club is geared towards the youngest of hockey players as Teebz's Book Club is proud to present My First Hockey Book, written by Ian Crysler and published by Scholastic Canada Limited. Getting younger kids into sports they like isn't hard as kids seem to like any sport that allows them to be a little rough, but Mr. Crysler's book shows that hockey can be very fun!

Ian Crysler is actually an accomplished photographer, and My First Hockey Book is an excellent look at his amazing photography. Crysler is based in Toronto, Ontario, and he has done a ton of work for various companies according to his portfolio.

My First Hockey Book is a perfect book for little tykes as there are few words but a ton of full color images through the book's 28 pages. From ice hockey to watching hockey to road hockey, Mr. Crysler captures a number of images of people enjoying the game of hockey.

My First Hockey Book will also endure as your child grows as each page feels like the cover! There are no paper pages in the book, so if a younger child wants to point, there should be little fear of a page getting stained with dirty fingerprints or torn from the book with sticky fingers. Scholastic has done their homework in making this book stand up to the test of toddlers!

There is no doubt that My First Hockey Book is geared towards the pre-school crowd as each page has a simple one-line introduction for the picture behind it. There are no words that kids won't understand, and the images are bright and clear. If you have a little one who needs their hockey fix, this book will set them on the right path for the love of hockey.

Because of Mr. Crysler's gorgeous photography and simple writing that makes each picture speak louder than its thousand words, there is no doubt that My First Hockey Book deserves the Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval! If you're searching for a book for your pre-kindergarten child for Christmas, I highly recommend this one!

MO' BRO: We'll add another name to the already-impressive Mo' Bro All-Star roster that includes Mike Gartner, Wendel Clark, Dirk Graham, Grant Fuhr, Dennis Maruk, Larry Robinson, Mike Ramsey, Derek Sanderson, Lanny McDonald, Bryan Trottier, Dave Babych, Dave Schultz, Rod Langway, Jamie Macoun, Harold Snepsts, Dave Tippett, Michel Goulet, and Paul MacLean. Who is the next Mo' Bro?

Mike McPhee played 11 NHL seasons as a checking forward, and turned out to be one of the most unsung Canadiens in their history. McPhee earned a civil engineering degree from the NCAA's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before jumping to help the Nova Scotia Voyageurs win the AHL's Calder Cup. He would begin his rookie season with the Canadiens in 1984, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1986. In 1988-89, McPhee appeared in his only All-Star Game with the Wales Conference. McPhee would suit up for the Canadiens, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Dallas Stars during his career, amassing 399 points in 744 NHL games while wearing his moustache!

Mike McPhee had one of the most recognizable 'staches in the 1980s, and he helped two teams to their respective league championships! That's a successful moustache if I've ever seen one! If you want to get in on the action, head over to the Movember page and get registered so your 'stache can stand amongst these great 'staches!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!


Ian Crysler said...

Thank you for the extremely wonderful review of my book. You understand exactly the audience it is aimed at and the concepts behind the photographs. Thank you.

Teebz said...

Ian, your photography skills are excellent, and this book puts them on display. The fact that there aren't many books for the smallest of hockey fans makes yours one of the best. Keep up the great work! You have a fan in me!