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Justin Abdelkader Talks Red Wings’ Rebuild and Writing a Children’s Book | Sports Illustrated

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: So, how does one actually make a kid’s book?

JUSTIN ABDELKADER: We met about once a month or so [with the publisher], story-boarded some stuff at first and kept some ideas on paper, then my wife and I hammered out the story together. It was one of those things where it took about a year from start to finish, but gosh, even talking to my wife [Julie], it was a really fun process, going through things, changing pictures, changing details, even parts of the story. We really enjoyed going through that whole process. Gosh, we even laugh, maybe we’ll have to come out with book number two.

He might not be having a great season for the Red Wings, but it’s still pretty cool that Justin Abdelkader did this. I haven’t read his children’s book yet, so I don’t know if it’s any good... but I think we all know that it’s way better than Milan Lucic’s book.

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