Today’s it’s Dominic’s birthday so he gets to choose his favourite book to share. We’re back on the beautiful non-fiction with the Atlas of Football by Clive Gifford and Tracy Worrall (Egmont).
Over to Dominic:
At the beginning I didn’t think this would be very interesting but then I started reading it and I thought it was actually really interesting. You get to learn things about the world and it is a tiny bit crazy. It tells you facts like how many toilets Wembley has – 2618! It is also a bit funny because it tells you ridiculous thing like divers were playing underwater football in a Sealife Centre in Germany. Kazan in Russia was filled with water for the diving competition and it hosts the largest TV screen in the world. I also know about women’s football in Canada as well. I enjoy flicking through the book. I have probably now read each page at least a hundred times and I think I’ve read every fact in the book now.
We bought this one towards the end of the World Cup. Dominic had really enjoyed talking about the different teams from different parts of the world. This book has been a great companion along the way and has definitely held his interest. The book works its way around the world, each double spread focusing on a different geographical area. The text is dotted around the page in short footballing facts, interspersed with illustrations of places or people. I like the fact that it is a mixture of historical facts and current events, offering information about men’s and women’s football equally. I can imagine that this book would be particularly appealing for reluctant readers because each chunk of text is really short. You can dip in and out of the book and read just a short snippet of information every time.
Last words from Dominic: It‘s an amazing book and I’d recommend it to my friends.