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Wonder Goal!

Written by Michael Foreman

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on Wonder Goal!

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman’s own love of football suffuses this story which perfectly captures the thrill all footballers have of scoring the winning goal. As the new boy in a small local team a young boy dreams that one day he will be out on the pitch and will the strike the winning goal at the World Goal.  Full of action and detail, Michael Foreman’s illustrations capture how his youthful dreams and reality merge to create a classic football story.

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew

Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman

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The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

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Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Wonder Goal! Synopsis

Like many children all over the world, a small boy dreams of winning the World Cup! But in the meantime, scoring the perfect, time-stopping goal would be just fine. And once you've done that, who knows what the future might hold? Published to coincide with the 2018 Football World Cup.

Wonder Goal! Press Reviews

Each of his panoramic, framed scenes spans nearly the entire width of a spread, evoking the feeling of a larger-than-life dream. . . . Suitable for dreamers in any sport. --School Library Journal

Michael Foreman deserves all the applause he gets. Independent

The illustrations are dynamic and action-packed, yet soft, gentle and atmospheric at the same time. This is a real 'father and son  EYE

Watercolours are splendid... evocatively captured.  The School Librarian

Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion. -- Quentin Blake

Michael Foreman has triumphed with the perfect picture book for football fans of all ages.  Publishing News

Occasionally you come across a book that is clearly very special to its author. Wonder Goal is just such a book. This is not just for the boys; everyone will love it.   The Bookseller

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783446582
Publication date: 04/05/2018
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781842709344
Publication date: 06/08/2009
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783446582
Publication date: 4th May 2018
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Sporting Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks
Other Categories: World Cup 2018

About Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit. He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt ...

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