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Crazy About Soccer!

Category: Book
By (author): Lesynski, Loris
Illustrated By: Rasmussen, Gerry
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / General
Publisher: Annick Press
Published: July 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 48
Size: 9.25in x 7.50in x 0.18in
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From The Publisher*

Hurray for soccer!

Anyone at all
at all
can learn to kick
a ball
a ball.
A kangaroo
could do it, too,
a bigger kick
than me or you
but never choose them
for a game
'cause they can kick
but they can't aim!

This new collection of poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Rhythmic, funny verses reflect the game's energy while offering sound suggestions for proper play.

Crazy About Soccer!, a collection full of twists, turns, and surprises, is sure to appeal to any reader who has ever played soccer, whether in cleats and a team shirt or in bare feet and--as in Shakespeare's day-- with a pig's bladder for a ball! Wonderfully ridiculous and genuinely funny artwork complements the bouncy poems. Included is a page of poems written by kids. As well, readers will be invited to contribute their own soccer poems to a special section on the author's website.

Review Quote*Soccer fans will love the poems, non-players will become instant converts.
Review Quote*Poems demand[ing] to be read aloud--their rhythm natural and bouncy, their beat strong and their humour fun and engaging.
Review Quote*Lesynski's rollicking collection...will inspire and entertain soccer enthusiasts, whether they are novice or expert players.
Review Quote*From the manic energy of "First-Touch Chant" to the bootcamp chant of "Pick Up Those Knees" to the building frustration of "No Favourites," these poems demand to be read aloud -- their rhythm natural and bouncy, their beat strong and their humour fun and engaging.
Review Quote*Lesynski inspires readers with long and short, funny and serious verses on various aspects of the popular sport.
Review Quote*With cartoon-like illustrations, this book of poetry about soccer is ideal for devoted fans, whether on the field or off.
Review Quote*This gem of a book is enough to get even the most reluctant children, boys and girls alike, to give poetry a try.
Review Quote*Mixes poetry, laughter and soccer in a rollicking rhyming collection. From the manic energy of First Touch Chant to the bootcamp mantra of Pick Up Those Knees to the building frustration of No Favourites, these poems demand to be read aloud. Hilarious artwork in pen, ink and Photoshop by Canadian cartoonist Gerry Rasmussen accents the fun and engaging humour.
Review Quote*An ebullient collection of tongue-twisting, imagination-stretching, smile-cracking poems.