Look InsideOvertime Website How would you like to get Gatorade dumped on your head after a big win? Did you know this tradition was started in 1985 by the Giants? The New York Giants by Mark Stewart offers young fans a look into one of the craziest teams in the NFL while including fun facts, team spotlights such as Eli Manning and Lawrence Taylor, and pictures of Giants memorabilia. Have a young fan who likes to argue sports? Dont miss the Great Debates section where readers get insight into some of the greatest debates surrounding the Giants and professional football! Team spirit is that deep passion shared by the players and fans when they wear the same colors, watch the same scoreboard, and cheer the same triumphs. This popular series has been completely revised and updated for the Fall 2012 release. Book updates include new team information, records, photos, and timelines as well as new features like GREAT DEBATES and GLORY DAYS. Once you finish the book, you can go to the OVERTIME WEBSITE where each football team has its very own webpage to accompany the reading material. This site will be updated throughout the season and postseason with kid-friendly news about their favorite football teams - the perfect source for up-to-date statistics and player information for young sports fans.
The Giants have been a hot team since 2006, so Stewart has a lot to say in this relentlessly boosterish entry into the Team Spirit series. He opens with a highlight-style history that is essentially a list of names and important games, then goes on to describe team uniforms over the decades, pay homage to Giants fans, and present galleries of managers and players of past and present. Along with plenty of period and recent photos, including vintage playing-card images, the main narrative is interspersed with lists of facts, soundbite quotes, thumbnail introductions to major “Go-to Guys” down the years, and debates about who was better than whom. This fan pleaser closes with tables of awards and championships through the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win and also features a dedicated website with additional content and news updates.
Booklist, October 2012
This book highlights the New York Giants through descriptions of games, team history, highlighted players, quotes, timelines, and team records. Included play by play of important games, important players of old and modern times, fun facts, and a section on how football is played. Includes table of contents, glossary, places to go, index, and pictures of historical memorabilia.
Book Buzz, December 2009
The Team Spirit series covers all the teams in the three major professional sports leagues—baseball, football, and basketball. Each book follows the exact same format, and the large print, colorful pictures, maps, time lines, and quotes make for an easy read and offer an eye-catching layout. Fans of the teams will not find much new information as the series is more of a basic introduction. Those with little knowledge of the sport or of the specific team would be well served to peruse these titles. Although most books provide a nice and simple introduction, some material is left out or forgotten. Several Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl titles were not listed on the time line of important team events. Most middle school sports fans will enjoy the series, but even some of these students might find the reading and material too simplistic. The series could also be useful for ESL students or teachers looking for low level/high interest nonfiction.
VOYA, October 2007