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Don't Throw It to Mo! (Mo Jackson)

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Winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Mo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player, but he won't let that stop him from playing!
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins, his football team. His classmates don’t mind, but the kids on their rival team tease him for being a "butterfingers" who's to
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Penguin Young Readers
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Agnė
4.5 out of 5

Don’t Trow It to Mo! is a sweet and simple yet clever, engaging, and heartwarming beginning reader (apparently, I cannot praise it enough) about football strategy, acceptance, and consequences of judging others. Mo Jackson is such a lovable main character, and the adults in his life (his mother and Coach Steve) are kind and supportive. Bonus points: all three characters are people of color!

Sam Ricks’s brightly-colored cartoon illustrations are equally lovely, amusing, and dynamic:





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Shelley Barnow
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful early reader! Anyone else think the the title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to not automatically giving the Geisel award to Mo Willems?! In any event, it's a terrific reader about football, acceptance, strategy, and not judging people by what you see...all achieved in about 100 words.
Jenna Friebel
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-readers, geisel
Geisel Award 2016 (my committee!) winner!! <3
Helen
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-seuss
This Seuss Award winner was nothing special. There just was not enough story or humor for it to be worthwhile. It was about Mo who was so little he hardly got to play on his football team. But when the team was behind, the coach sent Mo in running out to catch the ball, but no one was supposed to throw it to him. They did this several times so the other team would not expect him to receive the ball, but then they DID throw it to him and he caught it for a touchdown. I'm surprised this was the wi ...more
Jana
This is an adorable, easy-reader picture book with a great message for kids. Mo loves playing football with his after-school team, the Robins. But Mo is much smaller and younger than all the other players. During most games, he sits on the bench next to the coach. When Mo finally gets out on the field, the players on the opposing team assume that no one is really going to throw the ball to Mo. The coach uses the other team's assumptions to the Robins' advantage for a clever ending to the story. ...more
Dalton Collins
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
I love this book for both it's illustrations and the story it tells. The idea of the book is great and many young readers can relate to the underdog character Mo. The story is well done and is told with suspense. It ultimately sends a good message to all readers and especially young athletes. I would read this book to all ages with pride.
Margaux
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easy to see why this is a Monarch 2018 Nominee! Adorable book.
Allison
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Cliff Bathke
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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1. Mo is a child who loves football he sleeps while holding his pillow like a football. He is younger and smaller then his teammates but his heart is bigger then his size. He spend most of the game sitting by the coach waiting for his chance. When Mo is finally put in the coach says don't throw him the ball. when the other team see that Mo is not getting the ball they quit covering him which leaves him open for the game winning catch. Mo is a humble child that doesn't want the credit for winning ...more
Joan
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally, a really good reader with a few African-American characters! The main character is Mo. He and the coach of the football team, Coach Steve, are African Americans. The really good part is that is the extent of the African American theme. The rest is on the game with players that are Caucasian and Asian and possibly other people of color. The point being that each of them are a kid (or Coach) first and by the way, an ethnicity. I like the emphasis on kids just being kids.

Mo is smaller tha
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Jessica
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ADORBS.
Brittany
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
As far as early readers go, this one shoots and scores.
Kelsey Farmer
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Annissa
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Copyright: 2015
Number of Pages: 34
Book Format: paperback
Reading Level: GR level I
Genre: fiction
Lit Requirement: easy-to-read book

Summary:
This book is about an African American boy named Mo. Mo plays on a football team called the Robins. He is the youngest on his team, but the only people who make a big deal about that are the rival teams. But this did not stop Mo. His coach had a plan that actually worked. He had Mo play but they never threw the ball to him because he kept dropping the ball. But
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Cindy Kim
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel award in 2016. It is a feel good book about a small boy named Mo who plays football. Even though he hasn’t gotten to play, he is still positive and a team player. He doesn’t give up when other boys say he’s not good enough, he just keeps trying. The clever plan that the coach thinks of helps the team win.

This is considered a level 2 reader perfect for an advanced 1st grader or 2nd grader to read independently. Even a very high reader in kindergarten can pr
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Taylor Hartman
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sierra Nikole
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DON'T THROW IT TO MO! by David A. Adler, a Theodor Geisel Award winner, is an exciting children’s book with a great surprise game plan for an ending! Mo, a young football player who is smaller than the rest of his team and in love with the game, enjoys learning about football and playing the part of a football player all day. The illustrations in this book are cheerful and bright. Though David Adler uses simple dialogue in this level 2 children’s book, each sentence develops the story, either wi ...more
Lizzy Fleming
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mo loves football, but he is the smallest kid on his team and does not always have success catching the ball. I love that the coach sometimes puts butter on the ball during practice so that the players can get accustomed to catching a ball even when it's slippery. Mo is accustomed to sitting on the bench, but during one of the games, the coach actually lets him play. The coach directs Mo to run on the first two plays but tells the players not to throw to him. Members of the opposing team don't e ...more
Tam  Bush
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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This 2016 Geisel medal winner was humorous and inspirational. The main character Mo loves football. He sleeps, eats, and lives for the sport. He is the youngest and smallest on the team, but no one throws the ball to him. During a game, an opportunity appears where he is thrown the ball only to win one for the team!

I plan to read this book to my 4-year-old son, who is athletic in every way and will connect with the character. I enjoyed reading this book because of how simple the reading was, ye
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Sandy
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Mo loves football, but he is the smallest kid on his team and does not always have success catching the ball. I love that the coach sometimes puts butter on the ball during practice so that the players can get accustomed to catching a ball even when it's slippery. Mo is accustomed to sitting on the bench, but during one of the games, the coach actually lets him play. The coach directs Mo to run on the first two plays but tells the players not to throw to him. Members of the opposing team don't e ...more
Linda DiGaetano
This was a cute book about a boy who loves football, but he is too small really to play much, hence a disability of sorts. However, the coach devises a plan to out smart the other team. He had Mo run a couple of plays without actually being a part of the play. When the other team sees who they have put in they don't guard him as they think no one will throw to him. By the time the third play is introduced the play is based around Mo. This time the QB does throw to Mo and the other team isn't wor ...more
Chris
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Readers, Picture Books

Copyright Date: 2015

Estimate of age level of interest: K-3

Estimate of reading level: Grade 1-2

Brief description: Mo loves to play football but he’s the smallest player on the team and can’t ever seem to catch the ball. During one game, the coach comes up with a plan to use his small size to help the team win the game.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in you
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Tangela W
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was the winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. I enjoyed this book and believe it would be wonderful for a kindergarten or 1st-grade classroom. The text is easy enough for a beginning reader to read independently. Mo is a little boy who absolutely loves sports and decides to join a football team, although he is the smallest and youngest on the team. He normally does not get to play but the coach decides to finally put him in the game. He is teased by the rival team but that doe ...more
Judi
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Established as a Level 2 book, this story embraces the idea that just because you're smaller or not as good as others at some skill doesn't mean that you can't contribute in your own small way.
Mo Jackson plays football, but most of the time he's benched because he's not as great as the other players. But the coach has an idea that will help not only Mo participate, but also win the game for the team!

There's longer sentences, context clues, and more plot development in this book. Repetition is us
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Pat Salvatini
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-reader
Mo Jackson loves football, even if he's the smallest member of the team. The other team is not impressed with his abilities, but his coach has a plan. Adler gives readers a likeable character with just enough text for beginning readers. The colorful and realistic illustrations really add detail to the story.
Michelle
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet little book with little hints but only the astute young reader will predict how the story will end. I’m an elementary librarian and my budding soccer stars are stunned, shocked, on the edge of their seats asking “Why??” Coach Steve makes the call he does for the final play of the game. I love this book!
Maria Rowe
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
• 2016 Geisel Winner •

Great illustrations and story! I like that the coach has faith in Mo, and the message to not judge.

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Mary
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great plot using limited vocabulary. This was so successful. The coach gives play instructions to his football team. Finally, Mo is the one with the game winning touch down.
Everyone, even the smallest can contribute.
Monarch Nominee 2018
Scott
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charming story about a smaller child playing a big part on his football team. Sentences were short and concise, perfect for a "Level 2" reader. I appreciated the focus of the story on a black family, and that the football team showed some diversity.
Jackie
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Determination, practice, and patience are the themes in this beginner reader. Mo is tiny, but mighty. He practices catching the football with his mom and eventually the coach has faith that he can make the big play....and he does! Much to the dismay of the opposing team, that it!
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more
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