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Author: James Buckley, Jr.

Illustrator: Mike Arnold

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Publisher: Franklin Watts, an Impint of Scholastic,

Material: paperback

Summary: Want to know where the San Diego Chargers played their first game? [Los Angeles, 1960] What about Peyton Manning's pre-game superstition? [He reads every page of the game program.] This small volume is packed with tons of information about NFL teams, players, stats, and records, as well as football terms and jargon. Everything you ever wanted to ask about football is in this book.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 8 and up

Reading Level: 6

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: There is plenty of history, but also lots of current facts, too. Even as an avid football fan, I learned a lot. Because of the book's layout, you can jump from section to section and pick what you want to read. That said, the pages are pretty cramped and may get visually overwhelming for some readers.

Pros: Football fans and sports trivia buffs will have a field day with the Ultimate Guide to Football. It is illustrated nonfiction, perfectly built for readers who don't always like having to read from page 1 to page 100.

Cons: There is a ton of information crammed onto every page, with different colors and font sizes. This may be distracting or make for difficult reading for some kids.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, unless you have a rabid football fan. They'll want to have this handy to learn everything they can about their favorite (and least favorite) teams. Some of the stats may lose relevance over time, but the history and terminology of the sport will not.

If You Liked This Book, Try: AARON BROOKS; RISE ABOVE   LAY-UPS AND LONG SHOTS; An Anthology of Short Stories   FOOTBALL HERO

Educational Themes: Everything you ever wanted to know about football is covered in this book. The info really just scratches the surface, so it is the perfect book to use as a "jumping off" point for more reading about a team, athlete, or sports topic.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - sports, football

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2014

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