Hockey Days by Howard Shapiro is a cute picture book about a boy, Tom, who loves hockey and misses his grandfather, who has passed away recently. A mystery box comes to the door, and what is inside is a surprise to both Tom and his father.
This book was a quick, fun read, and a nice preview to the books that are to come. I can quickly sense that Shapiro needs a bigger venue to express some deep ideas, and unfortunately, this packaging makes it very difficult to do that. There are some really wonderful and mature ideas placed into simplified text. I am a little bit biased as I go into reading this one, because Shapiro's Stereotypical Freaks, which is a full length graphical novel, is exactly the solution to the issues I had with this book. It's definitely worth taking a look at, however, and appropriate for younger aged readers.