Title:  Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains Rules 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:  A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through the prism of football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. 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. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  Which football club has a famous goat as their mascot? What are the odds of you dying while playing football? And when do footballers poo? The answers to these questions plus many more can be found at Football School.

This is an interesting hard cover book aimed at any children with an interest in football. ‘Football School’ is a fun book to read and starts off with a fun introduction and a table of contents set out like a school timetable. After that each chapter contains lots of fun facts with a short five question quiz at the end.

There are lots of subjects to learn in football school and each subject teaches you some fun and weird facts about the football world. For example the English section teaches what all the words and phrases used in football are, such as ‘bicycle kick’ and ‘group of death’. The zoology chapter teaches all about the different animal mascots some clubs have and the biology chapter teaches all about footballers…poo! I have to admit I’m not too keen on knowing all about when a footballer has to poo but I can see the appeal of this chapter to many kids, and it’s the first chapter of the book! Not only is there a brief diagram of the digestive system but there are fun facts about footballers poo-related accidents on the pitch which made for…interesting reading.

The whole book has a look and feel of the horrible Histories books. The text throughout it separated by fun images like the one on the front cover, though all in black, white and grey. The images are really fun and makes the whole book feel fun to read, even the quiz questions at the end of each chapter appear on what looks like squared paper and written in a font that looks like it’s hand written.

Despite not being keen at all on football I love reading fun kids books like this one and I learned a lot of interesting and silly facts. The book is definitely aimed at kids with a love of football but I can see adults enjoying a quick read of this as well. The whole book is fun and is also perfect for kids who don’t enjoy reading. With all the fun pictures and short text broken with images and fun charts and things, it doesn’t feel like a reading book at all and so I believe this is a great book to get kids who aren’t keen on traditional reading.

Overall a great book to get any kids with an interest in football. It’s fun, a bit silly and features girls too so great for all kids and some adults too!

-Review first appeared online January 2017 – now republished here.

Read review of book 3 – Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World by clicking here.

Have you read any of the Football School books?  Do you like football in general or some other sports?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂