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Frankie's Magic Football: 01 Frankie vs The Pirate Pillagers: Number 1 in series [Kindle Edition]

Frank Lampard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Fun and easy to read. (The Sun)

The book is deft and well-structured: a magic football . . . takes Frankie and his friends into assorted fantasy worlds, where they must play high-stakes matches against pillaging pirates (The Times)

Book Description

A brand new series for 5+ readers combining magic and football, by superstar footballer Frank Lampard

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3028 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBFPO1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can see this appealing to young boys 3 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
If you say the name 'Frank Lampard' to someone, they are unlikely to immediately think 'author'. Son of West Ham United legend Frank Lampard Sr, Frank is best known as one of the most successful footballers in the country- an England international and Chelsea hero. But Frank has another passion-promoting children's literacy. He has written the Frankie's Magic Football series to appeal to both boys and girls.

Frankie vs the Pirate Pillagers is the first book in the series. It begins with Frankie and his friends enjoying a trip to the funfair. They come across a football stall and Frankie decides to have a shot in the hope of winning a prize. Nobody expects him to be successful, least of all the stallholder who hadn't even got a prize to give! The tatty old football is all he has to give, and Frankie accepts, unaware of the magic power of the battered ball. The friends head home for a kick-about and suddenly find themselves whirling through a magical space. Before they know it they are aboard a pirate ship, and are expected to play a match against a team of pirates including Captain Cropper.

Frankie vs the Pirate Pillagers is a fast paced, novel book aimed children aged 5+, although I would say it is most suitable for 7-9 year olds. The idea of Frankie and his friends being magically transported to play against people from a variety of backgrounds and eras is entertaining, reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree books. I can imagine the Frankie series would particularly appeal to reluctant readers and boys who have become disinterested in books, partly due to their celebrity author. The brightly coloured cover certainly draws the eye in and would make the book attractive to children.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'There's always time for a game' 1 July 2013
Format:Paperback
I got this for a friend's seven-year-old and will no doubt receive informed feedback in due course, as he's football mad - I'm not, but I did read it because I love children's books, and I was charmed I must say.

The premise reminded me of one of my all-time favourite movies, Big, with Tom Hanks (which interestingly was co-written by Anne Spielberg, sister of Steven, although Penny Marshall directed) and it's a neat premise because it has potential to take you anywhere. Frankie wins a beaten-up old football at a fairground and without giving the story away, the ball takes Frankie, his friends Charlie and Louise and his dog Max on a magical journey to the ocean main, where they have to win a game against a bunch of pirates in the Fantasy League if they are ever to return home..

I see that one reviewer here rather unfairly doubted whether it was written by Frank Lampard at all, which he should take as a compliment because he writes very well - writing for children requires discipline and quite a light touch, and IMHO he shows both. You can't help liking the hero - he loves his mum, insists on fair play and doesn't like to show off, although he has the skills.. My favourite line is where Charlie steps on Lou's console and cracks the screen. She thinks it's broken, and her dad always told her not to take it out of the house, so this is bad. Frankie puts his hand on her shoulder and says solemnly, 'It might still work.' Excellent :)

Whether I send for the rest of the series as the titles are released will depend on said feedback from seven-year-old, but I see there's one called Frankie vs the Cowboy's Crew, and that's mine because I may not be into football but I'm definitely into westerns.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 16 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I brought this for my 6 year old sons birthday, his face was a picture as he opened it. He is a massive Frank Lampard fan and had only been talking about the book with friends a few days before. He has just started to read he 1st chapter and said he was enjoying it so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super frank super books 1 Nov 2013
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My 4 year old loves theses books. We had problem with my boy paying attention to story time. As a mad football kid, he has really taken to theses books. Well done frank keep up the good work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super 3 Aug 2013
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this was for my 6 yr old grandson, ( loves football) he loved this and about to order next one
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Lampard and the Pirate Pillagers 22 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good first attempt at children's fiction from Frank. Plenty of adventure in a football themed story. I can see the characters which the author has invented in my mind and enjoyed the well-written book. I like the way Frankie picks up the litter and won't cheat....teaching the young readers how to behave!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Frankie Books 21 April 2014
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My Grandson loved it and has enjoyed the whole series. He's a very keen and able footballer at age 9 and the books have really engaged him in reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 May 2014
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My 7yr old grandson loved this book. Would recommend for this age group Good illustrations and ideal for football mad kids.
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