Title: Football School Season 2: Where Football
Explains Saves the World
Authors: Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton
Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non fiction, Sports – football, Humour
Book format: Hardback
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: What is a Vomitory? Why are footballs NOT round? Where do goalkeepers let in chickens? What can we learn from dinosaur poo?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a fun book for any football fan but it will also spark an interest in those that aren’t! ‘Football School Season 2’ is the follow up book to ‘Football School season 1’ although you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one.
Aimed at kids this hardback book is filled with lots of fun facts and illustrations all centred around football but done in a very fun and unique way. Because this is football school the book starts with an introduction and a timetable set out like a school timetable with subjects such as biology, maths and art. These subjects are actually chapters in the book and I really like the fun way this book is arranged. The whole book has a slight ‘Horrible Histories’ sort of feel to it as there are illustrations throughout that are silly, the facts you learn along the way are sometimes a little weird and icky (especially the first chapter on urine!), and there are funny jokes throughout.
Although the book feels fun to read there are lots of interesting facts to learn which makes this much more interesting than just any funny book. The first chapter for example teaches kids about urine, which might seem weird and slightly off putting but I’m impressed with how the biology of the urinary system is explained to kids and found some of the extra football related urine facts really interesting. Every chapter ends with a quiz to see if you remember what you’ve learned, with answers to the questions found at the back of the book.
A new feature in this book which wasn’t in the original is the after school club. This is like a mini lesson but focuses more in techniques that kids can really try out to improve their balance, mind, health (with some great smoothie recipes), relaxation techniques, and even exercises to improve your feet, some of which I’m going to try out (even as an adult) as they seem to be very useful in stretching ligaments and improving muscles and balance.
The illustrations in this book are what make this so fun. All the illustrations are in shades of black and white but are just fun to look at. They are very funny and along with the funny facts you just can’t help but laugh at some of the things you see. What is also fun is the fact that each page has illustrations throughout and it breaks up the text making it easy and more fun to read, and I love the fact that the authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton are drawn throughout the book adding their own humour and fun jokes at the start of each lesson.
This book is aimed at kids but I’m sure some adults will enjoy looking at this too. It would be perfect for any football fans but it’s also a book I think some non-football fans might enjoy. As somebody who doesn’t follow football I can say that I’ve found it really fun and interesting to read and it’s certainly made me a little more interested in the sport.
-Review first appeared online November 2017 – now republished here.
Read review of book 1 – Football School Season 1 Where Football
Explains Rules the World by clicking here.
Read review of book 3 – Football School Season 3 Where Football
Explains Tackles the World by clicking here.
Read review of book 4 – Football School Season 4: Where Football
Explains Celebrates the World by clicking here.
Do you like football? Have you read any books in the Football School series? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂