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Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World

Written by Spike Gerrell, Alex Bellos

Illustrated by Ben Lyttleton

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Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World Review

Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Knowledge & Trivia Recommended Children's eBooks Science Sports

This clever, hugely entertaining book is further proof, if it were needed, that football is the best game in the world, and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can’t learn from studying it. Authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton teach physics through looking at the shape of the ball and how it is constructed; geography by examining pitches; business studies via the transfer market (of course); and psychology by studying managerial techniques (from Klopp to Fergie). They also include a section on ‘after school activities’, chapters specifically designed to help you improve your health and concentration skills.  Even if you don’t much like football, you’ll be inspired and informed by this book, and it’s a real winner. ~ Andrea Reece


Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World Synopsis

The second book in the groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads - and it's all about football. What is a vomitory? When do footballers wee? Where do goalkeepers let in chickens? When did women start playing football? You'll find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as biology, maths and history. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

For quizzes, activities, downloads and more visit  find out how to take the perfect penalty and other top tips on the Football School youtube channel.

Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in the Football School series. 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.'
  • Josh Parcell, age 9 - 'Football School is a really good book based on every single lesson you would have at school but with a football theme!  I really enjoyed the mixture of football facts and the funny comic strips.'

Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World Press Reviews

Packed with even more amazing football facts, cartoons, jokes and real-life stories to intrigue and entertain.  The Week Junior

We love this book series!  Match of the Day Weekly

The hilarious follow-up to the first Football School book I packed with even more amazing football facts, cartoons, jokes and real-life stories to intrigue and entertain.  The Week Junior

A mix of cheeky text and fun cartoons [...] Perfect for getting kids to not just pick up a book but get hooked on subjects the might find a bore in class.  The Irish Sun

Innovative, entertaining   The Bookseller

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

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406379211
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406367256
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406379211
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Spike Gerrell, Alex Bellos
Illustrator: Ben Lyttleton
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Knowledge / Trivia, Science, Sports
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: World Cup 2018

About Spike Gerrell, Alex Bellos

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 Pele's bestselling autobiography. He lives in West London. Ben Lyttleton is 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 ...

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