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And Nobody Got Hurt 2!: The World's Weirdest, Wackiest Most Amazing True Sports Stories
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And Nobody Got Hurt 2!: The World's Weirdest, Wackiest Most Amazing True Sports Stories

by Len Berman, Kent Gamble (Illustrator)
 

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An Olympian who sacrificed a medal to save a competitor, a professional soccer player who was bribed out of retirement with pizza, a runaway pig who disrupted the start of a baseball game — truth is stranger than fiction, especially in sports! In this sequel to his first compilation of sports bloopers and unbelievable stories, And Nobody Got Hurt,

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An Olympian who sacrificed a medal to save a competitor, a professional soccer player who was bribed out of retirement with pizza, a runaway pig who disrupted the start of a baseball game — truth is stranger than fiction, especially in sports! In this sequel to his first compilation of sports bloopers and unbelievable stories, And Nobody Got Hurt, Today Show regular and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Len Berman shares more of the funniest and most amazing stories in the history of sports, including favorite moments from his popular Spanning the World segments on NBC-TV.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - David Goodale
Berman's book is a credible effort that will draw teen readers into the world of crazy sports stories. The title is quite accurate. Most of the one- and two-paragraph anecdotes are weird, wacky, amazing, or a combination of the three; however, that fact does not make the tales laugh-out-loud funny. They are amusing but not much more. For instance, one anecdote tells of a baseball game in which three home runs were hit on three consecutive pitches. Another tells of a basketball player who made an incredible shot while on his back. Berman tries to spice up the stories at times with his own brand of "roll-your-eyes" humor. The book is nicely divided into sections such as baseball, basketball, football, and soccer so that readers can skip to their favorite sports. Teen readers who enjoy sports will peruse this book with interest. In addition, Berman's book will make its way into the hands of many reluctant readers who are intimidated by long stories or novels. Unfortunately there is no list of further reading for teens who want more. Teens (and librarians) might want to start with Berman's first book of this kind, And Nobody Got Hurt! The World's Weirdest, Wackiest True Sports Stories (Little, Brown, 2005). There are many books like this one, but Berman's will still be a good but not essential purchase because it is very up-to-date.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-7 This book is chock-full of bloopers and bizarre happenings. The yarns are grouped by sport, with short chapters devoted to football, baseball, soccer, basketball, and a catch-all at the end. Berman, a well-known sportscaster, writes as he speaks, and his jovial style will engage reluctant readers. While most of the stories involve bungles and missteps from the past decade, a fair amount of unusual sports history from the 20th century is sprinkled in, especially in the chapter devoted to the Olympics. The book's appeal is not limited to sports lovers. Berman does a nice job of explaining the basic rules of each game, and the final chapter deals with decidedly nontraditional competitions including eat-offs and pulling trucks with one's ears. Throughout, Gamble's caricaturelike drawings maintain the light tone. However, sticklers for detail will notice that in the illustrations, numbers on players' uniforms don't always match their actual team numbers. Purchase this volume where there is solid demand for Berman's first collection or where sports almanacs and trivia books are popular.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316067058
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
193,236
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Today Show regular and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Len Berman has hosted World Series games and Super Bowls, and reported from the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 2000 summer games in Sydney, and the 1996 games in Atlanta. He is most known for his Spanning the World segments on the Today Show and NBC 4 in New York City. He has also served as the weekday sports anchor for News Channel 4 for more than 15 years.

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