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Football School: Where Football Explains the World (shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2017) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2016
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"This book will spark a love of learning in any child who reads it. It is intelligent, inspiring, funny, and deserves a large audience!" - Martyn Heather, Head of Education and Welfare, Premier League
"The perfect book to get football-mad kids enthusiastic about reading" - Paul Brackwell, Head of Education, Aston Villa Football Club
"Am very jealous of Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton - I fear they have a bestseller here. Section on poo is especially good." - Simon Kuper, Financial Times
"This book is superb way for children to learn about such diverse subjects as geography, maths and psychology. I have really enjoyed reading it with my seven-year-old son - and he's not the only one who has been learning a lot" - Marcus Christenson, Football Editor, The Guardian
"Have you got football-loving kids? This got a massive thumbs-up from mine. Recommended reading." - Amy Lawrence, The Observer
"My 8-year-old daughter can't put this down. It's brilliant!" - Raphael Honigstein, The Guardian
"We love this book, it's like a Horrible Histories for football. There is nothing like it on the market....it's education through the back door - funny, cheeky and a little bit naughty!" - Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs, TalkSPORT
"NEW BOOK OF THE WEEK - This brilliant new book is a treasure trove of fascinating football facts and trivia" - The Week Junior
"A veritable treasure trove for footie mad kids (and adults)" - Justine Roberts, CEO and Founder, Mumsnet
"The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into "lessons" - Biology, History, Physics etc. - each of which is packed with fascinating football related information. Business Studies looks at footballers' wages. Zoology considers famous club mascots; Drama looks at goal celebrations. There are lots of diagrams and cartoon illustrations throughout too and as a football/trivia/information book this is really hard to beat." - LoveReading4Kids
"Offers lessons on a series of school subjects through football, explaining how the world's most popular sport is linked to each one." - The Day
"This fun kids' book uses football to teach youngsters about subjects as diverse as history, maths, and even computer science. Presented as a mix of writing, quiz questions and cartoons, every topic is explored using references to the beautiful game [...] Sports-mad fans of the Horrible Histories books will find this hard to put down." - The Sun
"Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton identified a complex problem, and addressed it with a deceptively, elegantly simple solution. How to address the growing problem of boys stopping reading, while keeping them engaged enough to tear eyes away from videogames and television and the plethora of immediate entertainment 21st century life is set up to provide? Their answer was to write a football book, in name only-football presented in an entertaining, jocular manner, as a lens through which children could examine history, science and even linguistics for the first time." - Newsweek
About the Author
Alex Bellos writes about maths for the Guardian and is the author of two works of popular science, Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass as well as the mathematical colouring book Snowflake Seashell Star. He has also written Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, which was shortlisted for Sports Book of the Year, and he ghost-wrote Pelé's bestselling autobiography. He lives in West London.
Ben Lyttleton a journalist, broadcaster and football consultant. He is the author of Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty and his football articles have been published in over 20 countries. He is a director of Soccernomics, a football consultancy that helps teams improve their performance. He lives in North London.
Spike Gerrell is a prolific cartoonist known for his "spiky-nosed" illustrations. His work has been published in the New Scientist, Independent, Times Educational Supplement and Guardian. Spike lives in North London.
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Top Customer Reviews
So this is a perfect volume for my many sports fans of both genders. The reading age is suitable from primary upwards, and still entertaining and not too young for my KS3 students.
Two 'coaches' as narrators take us through the book, with speech bubbles and stats sheets to start this off in a familiar and comic-book style.
The first chapter - poo?! Definitely on to a winner, especially as it's got a good point about good nutrition for sportspeople. The coaches then go through a timetable very like school, but relating each subject to football (a football dictionary in English, deaths and chances of dying in football in Maths, eagles in football in Zoology, sibling sporting successes in PHSE, History looks at football in the past, penalties in Psychology, and still more in Music, Geography, Physics, Philosophy, etc.
Each chapter has a short quiz at the end (with answers at the back), and uses a similar style of humour to Horrible HIstories - jokey and lots of bodily functions, cartoon comics.
Nicely put together, covers a range of areas that readers will astound themselves by finding they have actually learnt from.
Great collaboration, would love to see the format used with other similar sports and non-fiction topics to encourage reluctant readers.
One for ages 7 and above.
With thanks to Walker Books for the advance copy, sent for review purposes.
Which football club has a famous goat as their mascot? What are the odds of you dying while playing football? And when do footballers poo? The answers to these questions plus many more can be found at Football School.
This is an interesting hard cover book aimed at any children with an interest in football. 'Football School' is a fun book to read and starts off with a fun introduction and a table of contents set out like a school timetable. After that each chapter contains lots of fun facts with a short five question quiz at the end.
There are lots of subjects to learn in football school and each subject teaches you some fun and weird facts about the football world. For example the English section teaches what all the words and phrases used in football are, such as 'bicycle kick' and 'group of death'. The zoology chapter teaches all about the different animal mascots some clubs have and the biology chapter teaches all about footballers...poo! I have to admit I'm not too keen on knowing all about when a footballer has to poo but I can see the appeal of this chapter to many kids, and it's the first chapter of the book! Not only is there a brief diagram of the digestive system but there are fun facts about footballers poo-related accidents on the pitch which made for...interesting reading.
The whole book has a look and feel of the horrible Histories books. The text throughout it separated by fun images like the one on the front cover, though all in black, white and grey. The images are really fun and makes the whole book feel fun to read, even the quiz questions at the end of each chapter appear on what looks like squared paper and written in a font that looks like it's hand written.Read more ›
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My 9 year old says "it is a very interesting book that is funny and factual- I love it! It is one you will read again because it so good"Published 12 days ago by Mr D J Henry
My grandson aged 8 loved this book, that is all you want when buying for someone else.Published 4 months ago by Cassandra
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