Title: Football School The Ultimate Puzzle Book: 100 brilliant brainteasers
Authors: Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton
Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s non-fiction, Puzzle, Sports – football
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  Train your brilliant brain by solving 100 awesome puzzles
Are you crafty with crosswords?  Nifty with numbers?  Dotty about dot-to-dots?  Get ready to test your wits with 100 bamboozling brainteasers, confounding conundrums, and riotous riddles.  On the whistle, GO!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is a really fun addition to the ‘Football School’ series, this time allowing kids to enjoy doing some fun puzzles, all with a football theme. ‘Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book’ is a little larger than the usual FootBall School books and is closer to A5 in size, though a little less wide. Inside the book is filled with lots of pages of puzzles with lots of fun black and white illustrations included too. The book is larger than normal to make doing the puzzles easier and there’s a great introduction by the writers before kids can begin on the 100 different puzzles in any order they like.

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The puzzles are all random but one of five different types: number, word, logic, riddles and visual puzzles. Each different puzzle has its own name and all contain a football theme although some are more about football than others. There are some great visual puzzles like spot the difference or searching for something, word puzzles include word ladders and crosswords. Some of my favourites are the logic and riddles which give you some interesting brainteasers to work out or in the case of logic puzzles many offer clues and you have to work something out such as a puzzle with an image of three different players and you have to work out from the clues who is wearing what and what their name is, etc. The number puzzles include working out an area using some maths and one of my favourites is the dot-to-dot puzzles that involve linking the numbers acording to some adding or subtracting (like every number to link to next is 7 less than the previous one!), making this much more interesting and more challenging than a regular dot-to-dot! I love how different all the puzzles are and even though there are a few of the same type of puzzles in the book, each puzzle still feels unique and different.

The illustrations that come along with all of the puzzles are so great. They are black, white and grey and just make the whole puzzle book feel more fun. I especially love some of the spot the different or search and find scenes, as there are so many funny things happening and so many fun things to see on the page. The illustrations really make this book so much more fun and I love how fun this whole book feels as a result.

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The puzzles all have answers in the back of the book but I just love how this book is one that kids can dip in and out of and enjoy whenever they feel like it. The football twist on all the puzzles makes this such a fun book and I love the way that children, who may not usually be into reading books so much but who love football, can enjoy the thrill of solving some puzzles and football related conundrums. This makes a lovely gift for anyone who loves football and especially if they love the Football School series although this is a standalone book and you don’t need to have read the series in order to enjoy this!


Do you like puzzles and/or football?  Have you read any of the Football School series of books?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂