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Kicking a Ball Paperback – International Edition, July 1, 2014
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For anyone who can't see a ball without wanting to kick it, head it, shoot it, or boot it! 'Not eating an ice-cream Or riding a bike No - kicking a ball Is what I like.' 'What I like best, yes, most of all in my whole life is . . . kicking a ball. A wonderful rhyming story to read aloud, Kicking A Ball will not disappoint fans of Allan Ahlberg. First written as a poem, the little boy in the story has been brought to life perfectly by artist Sebastien Braun. Every parent will be able to immediately relate to the simple joy felt by a boy simply kicking a ball, and how there is nothing else quite like it. The incomparable Allan Ahlberg takes us on a journey from childhood to fatherhood full of humour, warmth, friendship . . . and football.
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Sebastien is French and studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University before becoming a freelance illustrator. He moved to London in 2000 and has since worked exclusively on children's picture books.
- Publisher : Puffin; UK ed. edition (July 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0723271208
- ISBN-13 : 978-0723271208
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.8 x 0.13 x 10.83 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.8 out of 5
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Definitely Will Make Watching the World Cup More Enjoyable!Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on May 9, 2014
This is a fantastic book for a young football fan, their parents, and really for anyone who enjoys a good pun, visual jokes and a bit of homespun philosophy thrown in. For those familiar with the absolute classic "Happy Families" and "Each Peach Pear Plum" books produced by Allan and his late wife Janet, I can only say that her enormous footsteps in the illustration department are assuredly filled by Sebastien Braun, with great draughtsmanship, composition and humour. As a simple story book it's fantastic, lots for the inquiring mind to investigate, discover and ask questions, Allan Ahlberg's beautifully measured verse tells the story, opens the world up to discovery and even has a stab at explaining the beautiful game, too. Great for reading and exploring with even the youngest football obsessive - IF you can get them to sit down long enough to pay attention! The only thing that could make this book more perfect, would be to read it whilst England are giving Brazil a good spanking in the World Cup Final - but if that's not to be .. the ball turns out to be a metaphor for the circle of life, and there's always a fresh generation coming through to ... well pick up the ball!
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M. T. MCGHEE
Lyrical approach to footballReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 21, 2019
i always think you can’t go wrong in choosing an Allan Ahlberg book but you need to pick the right one for the age group. I bought this for an 18 month old boy who loves playing football.
a wonderful poem in an attractive bookReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 29, 2016
Purchased as a gift for a 60-something man who loves the poem... but didn't love the children's book, sadly! Perhaps his mind's-eye images didn't match the illustrations. Nevertheless, a wonderful poem in an attractive book, good for reading aloud to children.