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Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018
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About the Author
Alex Bellos writes about maths and puzzles for the Guardian and is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass, as well as two mathematical colouring books. 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 is a journalist, broadcaster and football consultant. He is the author of Edge and 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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Using their successful format of basing the book on a week's school timetable, we again look at football through the eyes of biology (why do footballers' feet smell? The bones in your foot and how they are used when playing), PSHE (how we sleep and why we need it, maths (fractions as related to league tables, the World Cup lottery).
There are also 13 quizzes, with answers, and it's all quite cleverly linked back to football.
Terms such as metaphor and simile are emboldened and explained (a commentator describing Wembley pitch as 'a green carpet') gives a context for the lesson and an interest that the same words in school might not easily connect to some students.
The text is straightforward to read, short labelled sections, lots of pictures and unusual facts and subjects. A great gift for a 7-11 year old who may not be a fan of reading... yet, but who definitely loves their footie.
With thanks to Walker Books for providing a sample reading copy.
Set out like a school with lessons, the book begins with a short introduction by the two authors, who are illustrated throughout, and then a timetable of lessons, each lesson being a chapter of the book. The format is the same as the other two seasons of Football School and this time we have lessons like Zoology, Politics, Fashion and even a school trip! Each chapter is set out in the same format, first there's lots of interesting information, usually sorted out into small sections and littered with funny pictures and then there is a quiz at the end of each lesson with five questions on the subject you've just been reading about. Unlike school books though, this is about football and each chapter gives us lots of funny and silly facts about the world of the sport and beyond.
There are lots of new things to learn this time, including how the bones,tendons, ligaments and muscles are structured in the foot, the various interesting facts about the different regions of Spain and some customs and interesting facts about their football teams, the different football kit styles in history (including some really wacky looking shirts!), and my favourite subject: all the different animals teams in Africa use for their names. These of course just being a few of the interesting things that you can learn. The book is so fun, none of it ever feels boring and even though I'm not a football fan myself, I found it so interesting to read and I picked up lots of new information, some of it not even football related!
The illustrations, which are black white and grey, are dotted throughout the book making each section and piece of information more funny, just by the picture itself. Although all the facts are interesting themselves and the fun quizzes at the end have some funny answers and questions, this book just wouldn't be that funny if it weren't for the brilliant illustrations which all take on a cartoonish feel. They really make the book so fun and I look forward to seeing them in every Football School book.
This book is amazing, for the first time there is a school trip and the various subjects feel even more fun than in previous books. There's still plenty of silly facts, a few a bit icky, among more serious ones but what I like about this book isn't just the football facts, although that is the main feature. The reason I like this book and the whole series is because it doesn't just focus on football, it gives information that's not about football too, like about countries, and biology, but it's all done with football in mind, and somehow each subject can be linked back to football, and I think the books may be slowly bringing me around to football too!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy for a review.
The book takes you through different classes such as: Biology, English, physics, zoology, politics, PSHE, history, maths, geography, chemistry, fashion, design and technology, and even a school trip. Throughout these lessons, you will learn how football isn’t just a sport but can help you with almost anything. Whilst in the classes they have a range of things to learn about, from watching paint dry to footballers feet – Ewww.
I really liked this book as it was interesting and showed a different side to football, not just what happens on the pitch. Each subject intrigued me and I love how they made sport educational by adding little facts here and there.
As you can tell this is the third book in a series – Being Season Three. I have read season One and The Amazing Quiz book they also brought out. I really need to read the other book in the series that I missed, Season Two.
For those that love football, this is a great book for gaining valuable knowledge in a fun and exciting manner. The drawings are also fascinating to look at too.
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*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed