From School Library Journal
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.