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Kate Greenaway Winner, Michael Foreman tackles the world's favourite sport in this picture book for football fans of all ages!
Michael Foreman is one of the most talented and popular creators of children's books today. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal two times and has been the UK nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award twice. His highly acclaimed books are published all over the world. He is married and has three sons. He divides his time between St Ives in Cornwall and London.
Foreman's (War Boy) appealing, understated story opens as a team of boys arrives at a field for a soccer game. Teased by the others, the new boy is determined to "show them"-and he gets his chance. Remembering his father's advice ("Head over the ball, balance, power, timing"), the lad executes the perfect kick. As the goalie leaps for the ball, the boy imagines that time stops and his vision of the lunging goalie freezes, "like a photograph.... Like all those photographs that crowded the walls of his tiny bedroom." Foreman shows the boy asleep, surrounded by images of world-class soccer players, dreaming of scoring a "wonder goal" and winning the World Cup. Fast-forwarding the narrative, the artist depicts another goalie making a similar attempt to block another unstoppable ball. But this time the action is in an enormous stadium, and the boy is now a man, scoring in a World Cup game. Foreman gives his narrative an affecting emotional edge: the boy has lamented that his father, working overtime, missed his first wonder goal; the second time, his dad is there to see it. Rendered in Foreman's usual clean style, the watercolors hold some welcome surprises, for example, clouds assume the shape of the players' silhouettes when mention is made of their shared dreams of soccer stardom. This winning tale will score points with anyone who dreams of athletic glory. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gr 1-3-The fantasy of becoming a world-class soccer star and ultimately scoring a "wonder goal" has to have passed through many young players' imaginations. Foreman, a lifelong fan of the sport, captures this reverie in the artistry of his vivid watercolors. These are the real strength of the book. Each of his panoramic, framed scenes spans nearly the entire width of a spread, evoking the feeling of a larger-than-life dream. Crisp blue uniforms against lush green grass on the field lead up to a dramatic page where the ball smacks the net (heading directly toward readers). These visuals set the mood for the players' exuberant emotions as they celebrate a goal that wins the game. Endpapers depict Foreman's sketches of scenes of soccer being played in streets, fields, and schools and courtyards of countries around the world. This book will be suitable for dreamers in any sport.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"A perfectly paced story about passion, dedication and what they might bring, accompanied by Foreman's tender drawings... You might say he has the hand of God... Vital reading for aspiring Harry Kanes everywhere" -- Alex O'Connell * The Times, Children's Book of the Week * "The illustrations are dynamic and action-packed, yet soft, gentle and atmospheric at the same time. This is a real 'father and son' bonding book, and one of a kind" * EYE * "Watercolours are splendid... evocatively captured." * The School Librarian * "Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion." -- Quentin Blake "Michael Foreman has triumphed with the perfect picture book for football fans of all ages." * Publishing News *