Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates
Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Hockey
Sep 22, 2020
10.31 x 10.31 x 0.44 in | 1.1 lb
FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
- Author Bio
Even hockey legends start with hand-me-downs. A beautifully illustrated true childhood story about hockey great Bobby Orr.
Bobby eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. So when his birthday is coming up, he only wants one thing: new skates. He’s seen the exact pair he wants in the shop window: sparkling blades, shiny leather, clean new laces tied in perfect bows. But when Bobby opens his gift, he’s dismayed to find hand-me-down skates: scuffed leather, nicked blades, floppy laces.
Once Bobby breaks them in, though, he and the hand-me-down skates become inseparable, and he can’t imagine life without them…until the brand-new skates come into his life. How can he leave his hand-me-down skates behind?
Log Driver’s Waltz illustrator Jennifer Phelan brings this classic story to life with timeless, gorgeous art, and Kara Kootsra’s words evoke the joy and dedication that Bobby Orr brought to his favorite sport. A perfect gift for readers and fans big and small, this book is destined to be a classic that is reached for time and time again.
BOBBY ORR: Still a giant and a favorite among fans young and old, Bobby and Kara wrote this book together.
HOCKEY: A perfect book for fans of The Hockey Sweater or fans of the sport in general.
THRIFTING: Celebrates reusing and passing down instead of buying new.
INCREDIBLE ART: Jennifer Phelan’s art evokes the whimsy of Tundra’s international bestseller The Hockey Sweater while still feeling fresh.
GIFT BOOK: This book will have great grade appeal, especially in gift markets.
Marketing: Include in hockey campaign
Targeted digital advertising
Amazon A+ content
Booklist picture book webinar
Promo piece TBD
Outreach to hockey influencers
Publicity: Canned Q&A with Bobby Orr for media
Outreach to hockey and sports media
Author Website: karakootstra.com ; j-phelan.com
Author Social Media: @karakootstrawrites ; @phelan.jennifer
“The images for this story are marvelously engaging…An excellent contribution to Canada’s current hockey collection of illustrated hockey stories. Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine
“The ultimate message of the book is, well, perfect. It really is just perfection, without being schmaltzy…a wonderful piece of writing and storytelling for kids (and the whiny adult in your family, thanks, I have my copy now).” —Pro Hockey News
“[T]he young hockey player in your life will surely love Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates by Tecumseh native Kara Kootstra and NHL legend Bobby Orr.” —The Drive