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