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Kindergarten-Grade 2—This is a short spin on the Manning family of football fame. Starting out on what appears to be a perfect Saturday morning, Cooper, Eli, Peyton, Dad, and Mom visit the children's grandparents in Mississippi. Of course, everyone is smiling and happy. The drive is long, and the boys pass the time by playing football trivia. Once they arrive, the story focuses on specific plays, which are highlighted on the endpapers. After spending the day at Grandma Sis's, who looks quite young and sexy, the family drives to visit the other grandparents, who look quite a bit older. Again, there is no plot beyond the boys practicing in different yards. There is absolutely no character development. The illustrations were done in digital media. The figures are awkward and stiff, with overly stylized faces that always seem just a little too big for the rest of their bodies.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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About the Author

Peyton Manning is the Super Bowl–winning quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. He has earned three NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and is a nine-time Pro Bowl choice. In 1999, Peyton established The PeyBack Foundation to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting established programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eli Manning has been the star quarterback for the New York Giants since 2004. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XLII in 2008 when he led the Giants to victory. Eli was later named the Sporting News 2008 Pro Athlete of the Year. Eli is a major supporter of St. Vincent\u2019s Catholic Medical Center, making regular hospital visits and raising money for the Eli Manning Pediatrics Fund. Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, live in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Archie Manning attended the University of Mississippi, where he was named an All-American quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. In 1971, Archie was the second player chosen in the NFL draft, and during his 15-year career he set passing records with the New Orleans Saints and played in two Pro Bowls. Archie Manning and his wife, Olivia, reside in New Orleans.

Jim Madsen has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and three children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545153778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545153775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marian G. Josephson on October 16, 2009
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I bought this book for my 7 year old grandson who loves sports. I thought it would be a good way to encourage him to read for pleasure. It worked. He liked the story and thought the pictures were great. He loves Eli and Peyton Manning and thought it was neat that they could write books as well as play football.
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O.K., maybe it's not quite great literature. Maybe the illustrations won't win a Caldecott. To quote the bizarrely dismissive editorial review, there's no character development. So what? The Mannings display enough real character in real life to justify a dozen books. The brothers like each other and admire their parents and grandparents. And they play football. And they represent all the good aspects of sports that we hope our kids will somehow learn. How can this be bad?

I'm based in Denver, the new home of Manning mania. Today was "M" day at my grandson's pre-school. Kids picked things that started with "M" and wrote them on a big poster. Among the words were Mickey Mouse, moose, and Manning. I'll take all of the inspirational picture books they want to print.
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I bought this book for my grandson. He just finished his first 'season' in flag football and he loved it! He's a 2nd grader and was able to read the entire book! I would recommend this book for all young and old football fans!
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My 6 year old is a huge football fan and a big Manning fan. What he loved most about this book was the football plays illustrated on the inside covers of the book. He's always asking to run the "buttonbook" or the "hook and ladder" plays. The story teaches the importance of family around the love of football. Perfect for the little football nut.
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i bought this for my friend's 4 year old for a birthday gift. it was a hit with the whole crowd. the kids followed along the story and the illustrations were well done. would buy again.
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The Manning family is an example of involved parenting. The book is a summary of the different ways the boys played football with dad Archie. They also do regular things that most kids can relate to like visiting Grandma.
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My six year old is a huge football fan. We got this book last year at a school book fair and it has been one of his favorites since. We read it tonight in honor of the Broncos winning the Super Bowl! I would definitely recommend if you have a little football fan. Cute story of a family with three little boys who love to play football together.
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My son loves Eli Manning and this book introduced him to the rest of the Manning clan. He now has an affinity for the two brothers (Peyton and Cooper), dad (Archie) and mom (Olivia).

He asks for us to read it to him every night and can rattle off lines here and there. He can also fill in the blank when one of the boys calls a play - "post pattern"; "quarterback sneak"; "hook and ladder"; etc.

If your kid loves football, this is a must-buy book!
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