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Football School: Where Football Explains the World

Written by Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton

Illustrated by Spike Gerrell

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LoveReading View on Football School: Where Football Explains the World

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts  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, why they’re paid so much, and where the money comes from; zoology considers famous club mascots; drama looks at goal celebrations ( the Oscar goes to the Icelandic team of Stjarnan and it’s well worth googling them to see why). There are lots of diagrams and cartoon illustrations throughout too and as a football/trivia/information book this is really hard to beat. ~ Andrea Reece

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Football School: Where Football Explains the World Synopsis

Learn about the world through football in this fun book packed with fascinating facts and terrific trivia. At Football School every lesson is about football - because football rules the world! In Biology, find out when footballers poo; in Geography, discover where the world's best footballers come from; in English, learn which hats make a hat-trick and in Zoology, explore how goats score goals.

Created by two bestselling science and sports writers, and full of witty cartoons, this is the perfect book for any football fan who wants to learn more about our amazing world.

Football School: Where Football Explains the World Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lewis Briggs, age 10 - 'A fantastic book full of informative, interesting facts, jokes and quizzes all about football but based around school topics. A book for football loving kids, and parents!'
  • Rob, age 7 - 'An incredibly informative book for football mad readers.'
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 9 - 'Fab book, easy to read, lots of funny facts and info. Loved it.'
  • Prisha Yadav, age 7 - 'An amazing and interesting book.'
  • Callum in Year 7 - Great Torrington School - 'Good and fun!'
  • Oliver Corlett, age 9 - 'I love the way the book is humorous and I learned lots of new football facts to share with my friends. I also found the cartoons very appealing and made it even more fun.'

Football School: Where Football Explains the World Press Reviews

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

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... 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

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 

Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons, this is a great fact book for any boy or girl who loves football, or anyone who likes to learn facts in non-traditional way. Funny, informative, and hugely entertaining, it is recommend for fans of non-fiction books like The Epic Book of Epicness, Corpse Talk and Horrible Histories. Booktrust

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ISBN: 9781406367249
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406367249
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Knowledge / Trivia, Sports
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
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About Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton

Alex Bellos is a bestselling writer and broadcaster. He writes about maths and puzzles 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 at the British Book Awards, and he ghost-wrote Pele's Number 1 bestselling autobiography. He lives in North London. Explore Alex Bellos' website here. Ben Lyttleton is a journalist, broadcaster and football consultant. He is the author ...

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