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Mar 15 2012

The unbeatable boys' book: How to be the ultimate champion by Huw Davies

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Ill. by Simon Ecob. Scholastic, 2012. ISBN 9781741699135.
(Age: 8 -12) Huw Davies, often with humour, gives hints to boys about how to become the ultimate champion at all types of sports, ranging from cricket to orienteering. With headings like How to make a penalty, How to ride in a rodeo, How to cross the finish line, How to throw a ball, and How to train like a champion, there is plenty to intrigue young readers.
There are also funny entries that will grab the reader's attention. Who wouldn't like to learn what elephant polo is and how to win at it, or learn about camel racing? There are pertinent chapters as well, for example, the one on how to choose a sport. I had fun flicking through the book and reading the different entries and I am sure that boys will enjoy it as much as I did. In addition the advice that is given in point form is also sensible and often spiced with humour. Illustrations add a touch of humour as well.
There is plenty here for all types of boys to enjoy, and it will particularly interest reluctant readers.
Pat Pledger

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