K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet

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Author Brad Herzog brings his well-received prose and soccer knowledge together with Melanie Rose's charming and realistic illustrations to detail every facet of the game. Each letter has a simple rhyme for young readers: "J is for the Jerseys that soccer players wear. But often in the World Cup, opponents tend to share. In a gesture of respect after a game ends, They simply swap their jerseys as if they are old friends." For older readers the expository text gives specific details about goaltending, referees, ...
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Overview

Author Brad Herzog brings his well-received prose and soccer knowledge together with Melanie Rose's charming and realistic illustrations to detail every facet of the game. Each letter has a simple rhyme for young readers: "J is for the Jerseys that soccer players wear. But often in the World Cup, opponents tend to share. In a gesture of respect after a game ends, They simply swap their jerseys as if they are old friends." For older readers the expository text gives specific details about goaltending, referees, the World Cup, and many other aspects. K is for Kick follows the wildly popular Z is for Zamboni.

Examines the history and lore of soccer from A for a game played "all over the world" to Z for "Zinedine Zidane," a French star named the world's best.

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Publishers Weekly
What Z Is for Zamboni did for hockey, K Is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet by Brad Herzog, illus. by Melanie Rose-Popp, does for soccer, explaining its rudiments from A as in "Argentina to Australia," where the game is played, to Z for "Zinedine Zidane, a French star named world's best, and athletes of all ages who play the game with zest." (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This colorful, vibrant alphabet book seeks to make language—and soccer—interesting and fun. The various elements of this highly popular sport are presented in a two-tier format that works well with the alphabetic arrangement. Each page features a different letter showcased in an eight-line rhyme. The side of the page presents a paragraph or two of more detailed history and lore of the game. Young readers are sure to enjoy the rhymes and the lively illustrations. Older readers—and those who are truly dedicated to the sport—will be fascinated by the information presented on the side. Brad Herzog's text covers a wide range of topics, from the evolution of soccer uniforms and what a "trap" is, to how fast a soccer ball can be kicked and who officiates at a game. Melanie Rose-Popp's illustrations are a glowing tribute to the energy of this beloved sport. 2003, Sleeping Bear/Gale Group, Ages 4 to 10.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This alphabet book is loaded with informational tidbits about the sport but its audience is unclear. Young children may enjoy searching for specific letters within verses, such as, "-B is for brave boys and girls/who try with all their might/to boot that bouncing soccer ball/colored black and white," but they are not likely to understand, "C is for clubs everywhere/that give the fans their fill,/like Italy's A.C. Milan/and Santos in Brazil." Difficult letters Q, U, V, Y, and Z are imaginatively represented, but X merely "marks the spot." On each page or spread, letters are shown in both upper- and lowercase. The alphabetical organization predominates; otherwise, there is no apparent arrangementof the material. Older readers may peruse the substantial sidebars, which are set in a rather small font. They flesh out information presented in the related verse and/or provide additional associations with the letter. Acrylic paintings depict action-filled scenes and zoom in to show the emotion on the players' faces, but do little to support the many historical facts. A supplemental purchase.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363391
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Sports Alphabet
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 239,076
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Herzog
Brad Herzog
Brad Herzog is the author of more than three-dozen books for children and four titles for adults, including three critically acclaimed travel memoirs that the American Book Review has deemed "the new classics of American travel writing." Brad's series of alphabet picture books for Sleeping Bear Press include popular titles like H is for Home Run and S is for Save the Planet. His beautifully-illustrated picture book, Francis and Eddie, tells the inspiring true story about how a 20-year-old unknown golfer and his 10-year-old caddie shocked the world at the 1913 U.S. Open. As a freelance magazine writer, Brad has been honored several times by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), including a Grand Gold Medal for best feature article of the year. He has been interviewed on "The Today Show" and "Oprah" and has been profiled in publications ranging from People magazine to Reader's Digest. Brad (www.bradherzog.com) lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife and two sons.
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