The world seems much quieter now that the Football World Cup has finished and everybody has put down their vuvuzela’s, but I was really enjoying watching the games on TV even though I’m not a very sporty person. If you’re missing the World Cup too you can always get outside with your football and boot it around, or you could borrow one of the sensational new football books that we have in the library.
The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia has lots of information about playing the game, football legends (including some famous women footballers), the various football clubs, and the major football competitions including the European Championships and the African Nations Cup. There are heaps of photos of players in action and the best part is that it has statistics about New Zealand teams and players and Australasian football websites that you can visit in the back of the book. For presentation and the information that it has in it. 7 out of 10
The Football Book published by Dorling Kindersley is one of the coolest football books I’ve seen. It’s brand new so it has up-to-date information and just looks cool. It has information about playing the game, particular skills that you need to know, statistics of different teams (including New Zealand), and information about the World Cup and other football tournaments. There are also diagrams of the best football stadiums in the world, photos of different football trophies, diagrams to help you learn skills like goalkeeping and taking penalties, and even a photo of Ryan Nelsen. This is the best book if you want to know anything about football and a great book even if you don’t like football. 10 out of 10
Close Encounters of the Wild Kind by Sue Hamilton is a fierce new series of non-fiction books that I jumped out at me the other day when I was looking through our new books. The covers grab your attention and with titles like Ambushed by a Cougar, Mauled by a Bear, Eaten by a Shark, and Swarmed by Bees you just want to pick them up and find out what they’re about.
Each of the books tells you a bit about the predator, what makes them such so dangerous, and gives you examples of when people have been attacked by them and how they survived. They also have a very good glossary and index, bu the best thing about them is the fantastic photos throughout the book (lots of teeth-baring, growling and attack-ready poses).
Watch out for Close Encounters of the Wild Kind jumping off a library shelf near you!