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by Alan Durant
William eats, talks and dreams football, and he's driving his sister crazy! Then one day William's dream comes true and Dad takes him to a football club for the first time. The match kicks off and the tension builds. The score is nil-nil and William has the ball. Will he score and be hero for the day?
Published May 5th 2006 by MacMillan Children's Books
(first published April 1st 2006)
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The beauty of this book is that it tracks one boy's interest in football through the eyes of his older sister. So it is an interesting read both for boys or girls who play football and boys and girls who don't. Clever, huh! Also, there's a nice running metaphor likening an interest in football to a fever or illness. This isn't a new concept. But it is a new concept for children age 4 plus. And it works! I've not yet met a child who doesn't enjoy this book.
Jul 03, 2012 Library Quine rated it liked it
A nice story about a little boy who is crazy about football/soccer told through the sympathetic eyes of his big sister. The little boy is football mad and kicks everything. Then he joins a football club, and being great at football is not as easy as he expected. With the support of his dad and sister the little boy's enthusiasm is unwavering and then the unexpected happens. A lovely story for the right child.
Winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award.