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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Quickie Makes the Team

    My husband & I gave our oldest grandson this book for Christmas. Being Packer fans, our grandson enjoys reading about the life of a football player when Donald Driver (the football player in this book) was growing up & how he overcame being small & achieved his dream of becoming a football player. The book is written so kids & adults will enjoy reading it.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

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    Inspirational and funny: Donald Driver's children's book is a winner.

    I truly enjoyed Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver's children's book, "Quickie Makes the Team." It's a story about how Quickie (a young boy, smaller than average, but very fast) wants to play football -- and how his parents are afraid he'll get hurt. (A very understandable fear, considering the circumstances.) After talking it over with his parents, Quickie manages to change their minds because they truly see what he needs to do -- try out for the team -- and he tries out, then makes, the football team.

    This is an inspirational story that's meant for all ages, but is probably best for ages eight to fourteen, or for older readers who are learning to read and have managed to get out of the beginning primers -- and who enjoy football. (That isn't required, especially not for children, but it might really help an adult reader who's just learning to read, to hold the adult reader's interest.)

    Donald Driver's afterward is also inspirational; he says this was a story drawn from his life (as his lifelong nickname was Quickie; this isn't essential to understand the book, mind, but if you're a Packers fan, it's helpful to know), and he tells those reading his book to never let anything stop them from going after their dreams. (Because if he'd let his small size stop him, he'd not be where he is today.)

    I don't read too many books meant for children younger than, say, age fourteen -- but I made an exception here, and it was well worth it. I believe many adults would enjoy this book, though it's a very quick read (pardon the pun) -- I read it in about five minutes -- because there are moments of humor (I especially enjoyed the line about Quickie making sure to eat his veggies and drink his milk, as he'd been taught, so he'd be better prepared to try out for the football team) and many true-to-life situations for a younger child. Also, because Quickie doesn't get the chance right off to try out, that shows children -- and adults -- that it's important to be persistent, and to believe in yourself, and not to ever, ever give up.

    Four stars. Highly recommended.

    Barb Caffrey

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