Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

Cover: Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

In the mold of our very popular series of state alphabet books, we offer "Z is for Zamboni" to hockey fans young and old across North America. Matt Napier's "breakaway" rhymes and "hard-checking" expository text team up with the "top-shelf" illustrations of Melanie Rose to elucidate this increasingly popular game for every beginning hockey aficionado. Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, it is both fun and educational.



  • Dewey: 796.961999999999
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585360659): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2003, 11/17/2002
  • Boardbook (9781585363032): 32 pages, 5.25 (w) x 7.5 (h), © 2007, 09/19/2006
  • Paperback (9781585362387): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2004, 12/19/2003
  • PDF (9781627531948): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627535182): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Subject: Language Arts
  • Series: Sports Alphabet


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 0-4 - Age 6
  • ATOS Reading Level: 6.8
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 65489
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • Blue Spruce Award, Winner, 2003
  • Midwest Independent Publishers Award, Winner, 2002


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Author: Matt Napier

Matt Napier was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved frequently throughout North America and Italy with his family before settling in Toronto, Ontario where he now resides. Matt studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his law degree from the University of Windsor. Matt works as an attorney for a Toronto law firm and he is the author of the best-selling Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet; Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book; and I Spy with My Little Eye: Hockey. When not working or writing, Matt enjoys reading, playing hockey and golf, practicing guitar, and traveling.

Illustrator: Melanie Rose

Melanie Rose's charming and lively oil paintings brought Canada vividly to life in Mike Ulmer's M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet. She has also illustrated Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet and K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Melanie lives in Mississauga, Canada, with her son.