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Crazy About Soccer [Library Binding]

Loris Lesynski , Gerry Rasmussen
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July 19 2012

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.


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Soccer fans will love the poems, non-players will become instant converts. (3rd Grade Reading 2012-11-01)

Poems demand[ing] to be read aloud--their rhythm natural and bouncy, their beat strong and their humour fun and engaging. (Ken Kilback Canadian Children's Book News 2012-09-30)

With cartoon-like illustrations, this book of poetry about soccer is ideal for devoted fans, whether on the field or off. (Karen Hildebrand Reading Today Online 2013-05-16)

This gem of a book is enough to get even the most reluctant children, boys and girls alike, to give poetry a try. (Nicole Rowlinson Resource Links 2012-12-00)

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. (North Bay Nugget 2013-08-03)

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. (Ken Kilback Canadian Childrens Book News 2012-11-00)

Lesynski inspires readers with long and short, funny and serious verses on various aspects of the popular sport. (Blair Christolon School Library Journal 2013-01-00)

Lesynski's rollicking collection...will inspire and entertain soccer enthusiasts, whether they are novice or expert players. (Kirkus Reviews 2012-10-15)

An ebullient collection of tongue-twisting, imagination-stretching, smile-cracking poems. (Joy Fleishhacker School Library Journal 2014-04-21)

About the Author

Loris Lesynski is a bestselling author of brilliantly funny poems, and a frequent visitor to schools, where she gets kids excited about poetry. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Gerry Rasmussen draws the syndicated comic strip Betty. He has also produced cartoons and illustrations for many newspapers and magazines. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for introducing active kids to poetry Sept. 2 2012
Format:Paperback
There's a reason soccer is the most popular sport on the planet. All you need is a ball, if that. Lesynski captures this perfectly in Soccer Simply Everywhere:

Anything can be a net
Anything can be a ball
Anyone can play the game
Anywhere at all.

How can you not love something so simple?

We love that Canadian Loris Lesynski adds so much information here, from history to geography. She even adds in the location of soccer books in a Dewey library (796.334 if you are wondering!). The poems are easy to remember and perfect for little active kids (especially but not only boys) who would normally be difficult to pin down and share poetry with.

Gerry Rasmussen's illustrations mesh really well with the lighthearted poems Lesynski gives us. The illustration of weightlifting toes gave my kids a serious case of the giggles.

This book would suit beginning soccer players to the most obsessed aficionados (ie, my son and daughter, respectively). Nothing will go over anyone's head but there's new info about soccer players from Beckham to Ronaldhino. We had fun measuring out knees to 21 degrees and figuring out if our legs really do keep up to our arms.

As the mother of soccer players, I am very appreciative that this book reminds my kids to Drink some water Now! No waiting!/ You might be evaporating!

My goalkeeping son was especially happy with this little gem:
We asked all the coaches,
The coaches agreed,
What goalkeepers need
Is SPEED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!! Nov. 7 2012
By Gina Hott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
OH MY GOODNESS!! A Soccer Poetry book for kids! This was an instant winner at our house!
This book was fun for all of us to read through - & the pictures, WOW!
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