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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420537
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 2–Gunner loves football and dreams of playing quarterback in spite of being too short and too round. He devotes himself completely to the sport and with hard work lands a spot as third-string quarterback on the town's Pee Wee team. The watercolor cartoon illustrations, done in oranges, blues, and browns, beautifully capture the light and mood of autumn, putting readers in the football spirit, but Gunner seems to change size and shape from page to page, and many of the players look far older than Pee Wee team age. The story leads up to Gunner finally getting a chance to play in the big game, but the ending holds a blitz of surprises. Sometimes text and pictures conflict in a confusing way, such as on the last page, where the illustration shows the boy's father reading the newspaper while the text indicates that Gunner is doing the reading. Overall, this is a lively story, but it isn't one of Ransome's best.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

James E. Ransome received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his art for The Creation by James Weldon Johnson. Other awards include Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, an NACP Image Award, and a Parenting Reading Magic Award. He lives in New York State with his family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PJ on September 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a 5th grade teacher I am always on the look out for new pictures books to help me with classroom instruction. Kids love to be read to, even in the 5th grade. I wanted a book that would catch the attention of my boys and still pique the interest of my girls. I found the perfect match here with James Ransome's new book "Gunner, Football Hero." On the surface it begins to read like a story we have heard before and as the book progresses you are almost sure it. But then subtly Ransome throws us a twist and he ends the book with a bang that even I did not see coming! This book was the match I needed when I taught my students to monitor their thoughts and make predictions. After reading each page they wrote their thoughts and predictions as to what they felt would happen next. They fell in love with Gunner, some likened themselves to the character. They cheered as the book progressed and mouths fell agape as I read the final page. Though I used this book for monitoring thought and predictions, a 3rd grade teacher borrowed it to use for character building. This book is versatile and a must have for any classroom or home library!
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By Parthenia Perry on November 5, 2010
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James E. Ransome did an excellent job when writing and illustrating this book by showing children that you should never judge a person by the way they look. Gunner didn't have the physical appearance as most football players; but he pursued his dream. His parents believed in him, and that gave Gunner the confidence to keep practicing. Even though his teammates didn't treat him fairly at the beginning, Gunner was their hero at the end. James E. Ransome shows in this book that it wasn't about winning the game; but appreciating Gunner for what he brought to the game. I recommend that everyone read this book because it teaches, at an early age that if you work hard, and never give up on your dreams, anything is possible.
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Format: Hardcover
Mr. Ransome has crafted a wonderful story whose main character Gunner, is rooted in passion, and enthusiasm. In the book's purest form, Gunner's motivation is about enthusiasm, what it takes to overcome obstacles and having the courage to believe in one's self. What a marvelously refreshing lesson for both boys and girls to learn, and for parents to support and encourage their child's ability.Gunner resonates as a true life hero from beginning to end.
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The story of a boy who loves football, really wants to play and finally gets chance to live his dream...though certainly not the way he had planned. There is plenty in this book to appeal to both boys and girls and has a lot to do with perseverance, character and luck... an inspirational must read for anyone who likes a really good yarn.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Flatliner on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While this could have been a wonderful book, it is NOT. My son eats, sleeps, and breathes football. This book COULD have inspired him. Instead it has him asking everyone, "Why did he get picked off by a girl". Am I even supposed to be teaching my 6 year old boy that he should be apologizing for be a white male! Come on, can't little boys dream about being little boys anymore?
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