Baseball and football seem to be the national sports for most Americans, and this little board book focuses on football. There are ten riddles to be solved and the answers are on the following page. It begins with the obvious—what is full of air and mostly brown but not round? A football! The riddles then move to players and their equipment—helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys, and a variety of other people and items associated with the game. The one who wears a zebra striped shirt and blows a whistle (referee), the ones on the field who wave pompons and help raise the fans enthusiasm (cheerleaders) and, of course, the team leader who takes the hike and makes a throw (the quarterback). An easy introduction and discussion starter about a game that many kids will see their parents watching or that they may play in school. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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.