The Greatest Game Ever Played (Hardcover)

By Phil Bildner, Zachary Pullen (Illustrator)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399241710, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 3, 2006

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

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.



About the Author

Phil Bildner’s first picture book, Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, about baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson, won the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Since then, he has written several more picture books about sports, including The Shot Heard ‘Round the World and The Turkey Bowl. Visit him online at www.philbildner.com.
 
Zachary Pullen’s humorous caricatures have been seen in dozens of publications, including The New York Times Book Review and Sports Illustrated. His first picture book, The Toughest Cowboy, received a starred review in School Library Journal, stating “Tall tales this enjoyable are hard to find.” You can see more of Zak’s artwork at www.zacharypullen.com.


Praise For The Greatest Game Ever Played

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