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The Dog That Stole Football Plays (Matt Christopher Sports Readers) Paperback – September 1, 1997

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About the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Matt Christopher Sports Readers
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316134236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316134231
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew F. Christopher was born on August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pa. He was the oldest of nine children and a talented athlete, playing baseball, football and soccer in high school. He became interested in writing at the age of 14 and in 1940 had his first story published in a detective magazine. He began writing children's books in the mid 1950's with the publication of THE LUCKY BASEBALL BAT (Little, Brown and Company).

Christopher became well-known for his sports fiction novels for children with over 130 titles bearing his name. He was awarded numerous writing honors from state organizations as well as the 1993 Milner Award. Besides books, he had about 275 short stories and articles published in over 65 children and adult magazines over the years. He is considered America's best selling sports book author.

Matt Christopher and his wife Cay were the parents of four children and the grandparents of ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He died in 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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My newly-reading first grader couldn't put the book down. He finished the 47 or so pages in no time. The vocabulary was challenging, the plot interesting and the illustrations "grown up." It would be interesting to boys and girls, football fans and non-fans alike.

If your child is not reading at the 1st grade level and able to decipher a few words like "triumphant" and "defenseman", I recommend Leonard Kessler's "Kick, Pass and Run." The difficult words are one's like "receiver" or "touchdown." Would work for a younger early reader. Note that it is easier, but still about 64 pages long.
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This book is so good. The dog steals football plays to make his owner's team win. They win a lot of games with his help. One day Mike told his dog not to come with him and he didn't. Guess what happened then? Read this book to figure it out. You'll love it.
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My 11 year old son picked this book out because it was written by his favorite author, Matt Christopher. The book is cute and well written, but is more appropriate for a much younger child. This would make a good book for a 1st or 2nd grader.
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My first grade son loves dogs and football. This story combines both and was a good read for him. There is even a bit of a lesson about sportsmanship.
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We enjoy all Matt Christohers books at our house. GReat for boys who love sports but are not excited about reading.
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I bought this just as my 6 year old son was getting into watching football on tv and pretending he was a football player. Harry the dog can talk to Mike the young boy via telepathy and ends up giving him the plays he overhears the other side planning to help the team win the first game. In the second game, Mike has to decide if he will use Harry's telepathic powers or go without. It's an enjoyable read aloud book with a lesson about how it's not really winning when someone cheats.
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A great book for a young reader- our 6 year old sports fanatic, emergent reader, loved it.
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I used this book while tutoring a group of struggling readers who loved UT football. We spent a whole week focusing on football especially UT football. The children enjoyed this cute story.
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