________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 3 . . . . September 30, 2005

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Sports Hall of Weird.

Kevin Sylvester.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
96 pp., pbk., $6.95.
ISBN 1-55337-635-8.

Subject Heading:
Sports-Miscellanea-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Greg Bak.

*** /4

excerpt:

Find the dead guy, win the cup

The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1951. The winning goal was scored by Bill Barilko. As he was falling to the ice, he shot the puck into the net.After the final, Barilko went on a fishing trip in Canada’s North. His plane crashed, but, mysteriously, searchers could not find his body. They eventually gave up and the Leafs fell on hard times on the ice. In fact the Leafs didn’t win another Cup until 1962 – the season Barilko’s body was discovered! Some believe his ghost refused to let the Leafs win until his body was recovered.

 

Want to boost your circulation statistics? Buy this book. Want to boost your circulation statistics some more? Buy two copies of this book. However many copies you buy, within a year they will either be read to pieces or be as hard to find as Bill Barilko’s body.

     Sports Hall of Weird will entirely meet the expectations of its readers, who will mostly be sports-crazy kids, along with some cross-over readers from the Guinness Book of World Records camp. This is a book that needs no pitching, but, equally, serves no particular purpose. It is pure entertainment.

     Published by Kids Can Press, it’s as well-designed as you might expect: snippets of clearly-written text tucked in among fun, cartoonish illustrations, with a generous layout that places only one carefully-selected anecdote on each page and brings the whole affair to a close within 100 pages. Is it a work of genius? Let us pause to ponder the wise words of Joe Theisman: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

Recommended.

Greg Bak is an information specialist with the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment in Ottawa, ON.

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