The Rocket

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

byMike LeonettiIllustratorGreg Banning

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A nostalgic story about hockey, brothers, and the Montreal Canadiens breakout star - Maurice "Rocket" Richard!

Andre lives in Montreal and loves to play hockey. But he's always being compared to his older brother, whose game is much better than his own. Resigned to living in Marcel's shadow, Andre finds solace when he he meets another boy, who also gets razzed for not playing like his brother. Meanwhile, Canadiens fans are excitedly watching their beloved team climb to the top with the help of a new young star, Maurice Richard.

Andre's father works at the plant where Richard works during the day. One day, he comes home with tickets to the playoff series between Montreal and Toronto, one of which is on March 23, 1944 - the night Richard ends up scoring five goals and being named all three stars of the game! Andre is thrilled to be there, and is surprised when he notices the boy he played against at the rink is also at the game - and even more surprised when he learns this boy's identity and that of the older brother who keeps outshining him!

In The Rocket, Mike Leonetti brings young hockey fans to a special time and place in hockey, while telling some universal truths about brothers, competition, and a desire to make one's own mark.

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A nostalgic story about hockey, brothers, and the Montreal Canadiens breakout star - Maurice "Rocket" Richard! Andre lives in Montreal and loves to play hockey. But he's always being compared to his older brother, whose game is much better than his own. Resigned to living in Marcel's shadow, Andre finds solace when he he meets another boy, who also gets razzed for not playing like his brother. ...

Mike Leonetti has written several children's picture books on hockey, including My Leafs Sweater, A Hero Named Howe, Number Four, Bobby Orr and Wendel and the Great One. He has also written several non-fiction hockey books including Maple Leafs A-Z, Canadiens Legends and Maple Leafs Top 100. Greg Banning has illustrated several of Mike Leonetti's hockey books: Gretzky's Game, A Hero Named Howe and Wendel and the G...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.54 × 9.78 × 0.35 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545989485

ISBN - 13:9780545989480

Appropriate for ages: 6

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully done. This is an interesting story about siblings. Yes it is a story about siblings told around hockey. Leonetti does a great job of showing how expectations can be placed on younger siblings, because of the performance of their older family members. It is the story of Andre and Marcel, both who like hockey, but Andre being the younger brother is constantly compared to his brother's achievements. It is also the story of Maurice 'Rocket' Richard and Henri 'Pocket Rocket' Richard. The story is wonderfully written and illustrated, capturing the look and feel of a by-gone era. Having grown up watching these guys play hockey, I see it as a great book to share with my children, not only about my youth but with a great message.
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rocket Remembered When I first picked up this book, I actually cried. Richard's eyes just stare right at you through the cover and for a moment you forget your holding a story book and not an actual photo of one of Canada's greatest hockey icons. The pictures in this book deserve their own mention. Richard is brought to life flawlessly, from his firey stare to his carefree grin. You could take these pictures and frame them, they are that noteworthy. Also take note of the father figure that is shown in a few pictures. He looks oddly familiar *points to Leonetti* As for the story itself, this book is the "The Hockey Sweater" of the 21st century. It's a timeless keepsake for every household and every hockey fan be they 2 or 200. A truly beautiful book rich in both character and storyline. If there is a hockey fan in your family, buy them this book. They'll treasure it because it is a book that deserves to be treasured. If Richard were alive today, I'm sure he'd have that twinkle in his eye if he read it. Richard smiles up at your from every page and you honestly feel like your holding a tiny part of the legend that is the Rocket. (and now I'm tearing up again)
Date published: 2009-11-11