The Greatest Game Ever Played by Phil BildnerThe Greatest Game Ever Played by Phil Bildner

The Greatest Game Ever Played

byPhil BildnerIllustratorZachary Pullen

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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The heartwarming story of an estranged father and son brought together by the 1958 NFL championship game, known in football history as the Greatest Game Ever Played.

The 1958 NFL championship game is known to football fans as the "Greatest Game Ever Played." Featuring gridiron legends like Johnny Unitas, Frank Gifford, and Vince Lombardi, the Game marked the beginning of America’s infatuation with professional football.

Now, Phil Bildner tells a heartwarming father-and-son story against the backdrop of this historic moment.When the New York Giants baseball team moves to San Francisco, young Sam discovers the other New York Giants—the football Giants. He convinces his skeptical Pop to come with him to the Game, and as Johnny Unitas engineers Baltimore’s legendary comeback, Sam and Pop rediscover the joy of rooting on their heroes together.

"A great book for fathers to share with their kids."—Children's Literature


Phil Bildner ( is a public school teacher, as well as the author of several picture books. Follow him on Twitter @PhilBildner.Zachary Pullen's artwork ( has been featured in The New York Times Book Review, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. He is also the illustrator of The Toughe...
Title:The Greatest Game Ever PlayedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 8.47 × 10.97 × 0.15 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147514517

ISBN - 13:9780147514516


Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Greatest Game Ever Played:"An intriguing balance of realism and caricature, his artwork scores a win, especially with its evocations of the ingenuous protagonist's profound emotions."—Publishers Weekly"Weaves the touching story of a son's reluctance to give up his time with his father and his father's rediscovery of the joys of sharing this sport with his son. The marvelous illustrations are a study in expressions and mannerisms right down to the steam coming from breaths in the cold air. A great book for fathers to share with their kids."—Children's Literature"This is an engaging tale, well told, and a warm portrayal of the bond between sports-loving fathers and sons."—School Library Journal" Readers will enjoy the period detail, the recognizable-but-even-larger-than-life football heroes on the field and the reminder that shared pleasures are best."—Kirkus Reviews"The energy of the paintings perfectly matches Bildner's lively text, which brings to light some great football history to share across generations."—Booklist