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Children's Fiction Hockey

The Night Before Playoffs

by (author) Stella Partheniou Grasso

illustrated by Paula Becker

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Hockey, Stories in Verse, Christmas & Advent
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 2


A Canadian take on the Christmas classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas”!



’Twas the night before playoffs; the rink was pristine

And the glimmering ice appeared simply serene.

The medals were polished, the ribbons were pressed.

The cup was all set to be claimed by the best.


While the human players are nestled all snug in their beds on the night before playoffs, members of the Mountain Marauders and Woodland Warriors come out for a faceoff of their own.


Full of hockey action and lively animal illustrations, this twist on a holiday classic will be the perfect read-aloud for hockey fans young and old!

About the authors


STELLA PARTHENIOU GRASSO est l'auteure de Cinq joyeux castors, La patinoire où Pierre joue, Take Me Out to the Ice Rink et 101 Creepy Canadian Jokes. Stella a toujours aimé écrire et travaille dans l'édition de livres pour enfants depuis 2003. Aujourd'hui, elle vit à Ajax, en Ontario, avec sa famille.


STELLA PARTHENIOU GRASSO is the author of Five Busy Beavers,This is the Rink Where Jack Plays, Take Me Out to the Ice Rink, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck, Over at the Rink: A Hockey Counting Book,and 101 Creepy Canadian Jokes. Stella has always loved writing and has worked in children's publishing since 2003. She lives with her family in Ajax, Ontario.

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Paula Becker loves to create fun, whimsical illustrations for a variety of projects, including books, magazines, posters, greeting cards and educational curriculum. She has illustrated more than thirty books for children and her work has been published in many children's magazines. Paula lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Stella Partheniou Grasso:



“Kids don’t have to be hockey fans to enjoy the bouncing rhythm of this counting book . . . [Over at the Rink] will have little Crosby wannabes chanting along as the book is read aloud.” (Over at the Rink) — Quill & Quire

“This cheerful counting book, written to the melody of ‘Over in the Meadow,’ celebrates all the best things about hockey.” (Over at the Rink) — CBC Parents

“This story is always funny and always welcome, and this sports-themed version is just what the coach, or the teacher, or the parent, ordered.” (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck) — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A fun book that young readers will enjoy, especially if they like animals.” (Five Busy Beavers) — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This good-hearted alternative to those five little monkeys is as hardworking as its subjects.” (Five Busy Beavers) — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Other titles by Stella Partheniou Grasso

Other titles by Paula Becker