This week my children's book reviews include two inspirational football stories for boys and girls just in time for the FIFA World Cup, a board book of hilariously silly rhymes and the epic conclusion to a thrilling fantasy adventure.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post
Cairo is captain of East End United, but his temper keeps getting his team into trouble. He and his friends are ordered to look up football history to see if this will inspire them before they lose every game. This football story focuses on teamwork and friendship while packed with football facts from controversial players to inspirational leaders. Pitched perfectly for football fans this is also accessible for reluctant and dyslexic readers.
ISBN 9781781127711 PB Barrington Stoke £6.99
RHYME FLIES BY ANTONIA PESENTI
PICTURE BOOK 2+
From a ringing alarm croc to a glass of fresh orange goose this chunky board book takes us through a fun-filled day of silly unexpected rhymes. Lift the giant flaps and you will find cheese on toast becomes sneeze on toast. The gross-out laughs will delight children as they try and guess what rhyme will be revealed. It helps build pre-literacy and vocabulary with its stylish, bold artwork perfect to catch the eye of the very young.
ISBN 9780714876399 HB Phaidon £ 12.95
DO GOALKEEPERS WEAR TIARAS? BY HELENA PIELICHATY
Megan decides to start her own all-girl football team despite many obstacles. An entertaining series focusing on a team of independent girls who are willing to do anything to follow their passion. Each book focuses on a different member of the team spanning family, divorce, school and dyslexia. Full of inclusive messages and diverse characters it will score highly with a wide range of boys and girls who enjoy the beautiful game.
ISBN 9781406383324 PB Walker £5.99
STORM BY SARAH DRIVER
The epic and thrilling conclusion to the The Huntress trilogy. Mouse must enter the land of the bloodthirsty Fangtooths in search of the last opal to defeat an ancient evil. It will be her biggest challenge yet as she battles to save the world. A beautifully woven fantasy led by a courageous heroine and her colourful crew which will appeal to all fantasy and adventure lovers. For fans of Philip Pulman and Abi Elphinstone.
ISBN 9781405284691 PB Egmont £6.99