Title: Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains Tackles the World
Authors: Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton
Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Sports, Humour
Book format: Hardback
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Description:  At Football School EVERY lesson is about football.  This book is packed with true stories, real science and fascinating facts.  Find the answers to all these questions:
Who stole the World Cup?
Why do shorter players dribble better?
Which team brought the dodo back to life?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  I really like this book and I’m not even a fan of football! ‘Football School Season 3’ is another great book in the series which teaches you all about various different things, some football related and others not. The book has text and lots of illustrations around the text which add to the humour and fun feel of the book.

Set out like a school with lessons, the book begins with a short introduction by the two authors, who are illustrated throughout, and then a timetable of lessons, each lesson being a chapter of the book. The format is the same as the other two seasons of Football School and this time we have lessons like Zoology, Politics, Fashion and even a school trip! Each chapter is set out in the same format, first there’s lots of interesting information, usually sorted out into small sections and littered with funny pictures and then there is a quiz at the end of each lesson with five questions on the subject you’ve just been reading about. Unlike school books though, this is about football and each chapter gives us lots of funny and silly facts about the world of the sport and beyond.

Football School book page image one
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There are lots of new things to learn this time, including how the bones,tendons, ligaments and muscles are structured in the foot, the various interesting facts about the different regions of Spain and some customs and interesting facts about their football teams, the different football kit styles in history (including some really wacky looking shirts!), and my favourite subject: all the different animals teams in Africa use for their names. These of course just being a few of the interesting things that you can learn. The book is so fun, none of it ever feels boring and even though I’m not a football fan myself, I found it so interesting to read and I picked up lots of new information, some of it not even football related!

The illustrations, which are black white and grey, are dotted throughout the book making each section and piece of information more funny, just by the picture itself. Although all the facts are interesting themselves and the fun quizzes at the end have some funny answers and questions, this book just wouldn’t be that funny if it weren’t for the brilliant illustrations which all take on a cartoonish feel. They really make the book so fun and I look forward to seeing them in every Football School book.

Football School book page image two
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This book is amazing, for the first time there is a school trip and the various subjects feel even more fun than in previous books. There’s still plenty of silly facts, a few a bit icky, among more serious ones but what I like about this book isn’t just the football facts, although that is the main feature. The reason I like this book and the whole series is because it doesn’t just focus on football, it gives information that’s not about football too, like about countries, and biology, but it’s all done with football in mind, and somehow each subject can be linked back to football, and I think the books may be slowly bringing me around to football too!


Do you like this book?  What about books about sports or funny children’s books?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂