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The Story of the World Cup [Paperback]

Richard Brassey
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10 April 2014

This is a colourful history of the World Cup from the author of THE STORY OF THE OLYMPICS.

From the first tournament in Uruguay to England's legendary 1966 win and beyond, with red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals galore, there are fun facts football fans can use to impress their family and friends. This book will delight fans of all ages, and is great value for money at £4.99 in full colour.

It is perfectly timed to tie in with the World Cup 2014, and it has global potential - every country on Earth follows the World Cup!

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144400946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444009460
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As football fever sweeps the nation for the World Cup 2014, we publish this fun and fascinating exploration of the history of the World Cup with full colour cartoon-style illustrations.

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Billions of fans around the world. Over two hundred countries taking part. Three stolen trophies. And one heroic dog named Pickles!

This is the fascinating story of the World Cup.

ISBN 978 1 4440 0946 0


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4.0 out of 5 stars Brazil is Over, but Football Lives On! 1 Aug 2014
Look at the calendar and you will see that it is a year ending in an even number, what does this mean? To a host of football fans it means a summer free from boredom as an International Tournament will fill the void that the Premier League has left. For non-football fans, its more excuses for people to watch a pigskin be knocked around. Be you young or old, football can get in your blood and you want to know more. For the younger fan, there are worse places to start their obsession than the World Cup and getting to know more about the esteemed tournament in Richard Brassey's `The Story of the World Cup'.

`Story of the World Cup' is a whistle-stop look at some of the wacky and wonderful things that make it one of the biggest sporting events of every four years. The book is full of great colours, as you would expect for a book leading up to a World Cup held in Brazil - the carnival country. The sense of joy and wonder fills every page in Brassey's somewhat scattergun approach to history. It can be said that the illustrations are a little nave at times, but they are in keeping with the light and fun style of writing that Brassey brings to the book.

With only 24 pages on offer it is clear that Brassey was never going to be able to write an in-depth history of the World Cup, not even to a level that would appeal to a 6-9 year old. Instead, this is more of a fact attack that mixes some of the serious history e.g. most wins, highest scorer, with more outlandish titbits e.g. daftest hair! The scale of the book is also surprisingly small, dwarfed by most paperbacks of this type. This means further restrictions on space, but also means that it will fit into a bag far more easily than a big version of `The Grufallo'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to read to sons by excited dad's 3 Jun 2014
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A great overview of the world cup & the history of the tournament ahead of the big kick off. Pitched nicely at kids 5-10 who'll like the pictures and the facts. Pleased I bought it and delighted to be reading it to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug 2014
A great way of getting history to your children
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