Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first picture book, Sampson delivers a Super Bowl-oriented knock-off of "This Is the House That Jack Built": "This is the touchdown/ That was scored by the safety/ That crunched the quarterback/ That fumbled the football/ That won the Super Bowl." The focus then moves out to the cheerleaders, coach, fans, stadium and blimp (yes, blimp) of a Dallas-Kansas City Super Bowl game. The discrepancy between the age-appropriateness of subject and format may make it difficult for the book to find an audience; readers young enough to get a real kick out of the familiar, repetitive ditty are likely not old enough to know or care much about fumbles and safeties. Rand's (Knots on a Counting Rope) conventional pencil and acrylic illustrations are sometimes overly sketchy and rough-hewn, but they capture a measure of the event's energy and excitement. For all but diehard Cowboys fans, however, this is an easy pass. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Remember that old poem, "The House That Jack Built?" Picture the same cumulative pattern, but with the Super Bowl as its subject. It's got some fun rhyme schemes, such as "This is the stadium all shiny and new/that housed the fans ninety thousand and two/that loved the coach who shouted 'Ya-hoo!'/that yelled with the cheerleaders all silver and blue..." Rand's colorful, energetic illustrations are executed in carbon pencil, grease pencil and acrylic. They radiate a sense of motion, urgency and joy. 1999, (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Ted Rand captures the festive frenzy around The Football That Won the Superbowl, as it went from "the quarterback that fumbled..." to the winning touchdown, in Michael Sampson's cumulative tale for the littlest fans.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Young football fans will delight in this story about a Super Bowl game, told in the same cumulative pattern as "This Is the House That Jack Built." The author and illustrator combine efforts to capture the aura of the big game complete with the crowd, cheerleaders, and even an appearance by the Goodyear Blimp. Adult followers of the sport and young football fanatics will be amused by Rand's acrylic-and-pencil illustrations as he depicts the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs squaring off. Besides the familiar blimp, fans will recognize the Super Bowl trophy, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and the fact that the Cowboys' coach bears an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy Johnson, who led the Cowboys to two championships and now coaches the Miami Dolphins. While patterning stories after "This Is the House That Jack Built" is nothing new, putting it in sports vernacular is, and even youngsters who aren't followers of football will enjoy the story's familiar cadence.Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
From the Publisher
"Young football fans will delight in this story about a Super Bowl game. Even youngsters who aren't followers of football will enjoy the story's familiar cadence." School Library Journal