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Crazy About Soccer

Crazy About Soccer

Interest Age: 8–10
Grade: 3–5
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RF.2-3.4b

Hardcover : 9781554514229, 48 pages, July 2012 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781554514212, 48 pages, July 2012 , 9.25" x 7.5"


Hurray for soccer!

Anyone / at all / at all / can learn to kick a ball / a ball. A kangaroo could do it, / too, / a bigger kick than me or you but never put one / in a game ’cuz they can kick but / they / can't / aim!

This collection of poems by Loris Lesynski captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports in the schoolyard today. Rhythmic, funny verses reflect the game’s energy while offering sound suggestions for proper play.

Crazy About Soccer!, a collection full of twists, turns, and surprises, is sure to appeal to any reader who has ever played soccer, whether in cleats and a team shirt or in bare feet and—as in Shakespeare’s day—with a pig’s bladder for a ball! Wonderfully ridiculous and genuinely funny artwork complements the bouncy poems.


  • Joint winner, Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council 2012
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2012


“This ebullient compilation of more than 50 poems will inspire and entertain soccer enthusiasts, whether they are novice or expert players.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/12

“An ebullient collection of tongue-twisting, imagination-stretching, smile-cracking poems.”

- School Library Journal, 04/21/14

“These poems demand to be read aloud—their rhythm natural and bouncy, their beat strong and their humour fun and engaging.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 11/12

“A fantastic collection of clever poems about an atypically poetic subject . . . a great addition to any children’s poetry collection.”

- CM Reviews, 12/12

“It’s the sort of book that any child is going to want to read.”

- Ken Setterington, The Next Chapter, CBC Radio, 12/08/12