Roch Carrier’s Hockey Sweater holds up
The beloved story began as a CBC Radio essay, was published as a short story (translated by Sheila Fischman) by House of Anansi Press in 1979, made into an animated short film with art by Sheldon Cohen for the National Film Board of Canada in 1980, and was finally published as an illustrated children’s book by Tundra Books in 1984.
Titans of kidlit, then and now
THEN Alligator Pie, illustrated by Frank Newfeld (Macmillan, 1974)
NOW Melvis & Elvis, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard (HarperCollins Canada, 2015), is Lee’s first new collection of original poems for children in almost a decade.
THEN Love You Forever, illustrated by Sheila McGraw (Firefly Books, 1986), has sold more than 26 million copies in print in North America alone.
NOW Pyjama Day, illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Scholastic Canada, 2014)
THEN Red is Best, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis (Annick Press, 1982)
NOW The Man with the Violin, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Annick, 2013), won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
THEN This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall! (Scholastic Canada, 1978) was written when Korman was 12 years old.
NOW Masterminds (HarperCollins, 2015)
THEN Mine for Keeps (Little, Brown & Co. Canada, 1962) won the Little, Brown Canadian Children’s Book Award.
NOW Do Not Open Until Christmas (Red Deer Press, 2014)