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Nov 17 2016

Tiny Timmy: Kids' World Cup by Tim Cahill and Julian Gray

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Ill. by Heath McKenzie. Tiny Timmy series bk. 4. Scholastic Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781760273668
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Soccer. Sports. Teamwork. Tim Cahill, Socceroos superstar has co-authored this series of soccer-based junior novels centred on Tiny Timmy, his football mad family and friends. It is the World Cup games and Australia is competing against the best teams in the world. Mum, Dad, Kyah, Shae and Timmy squash up on the couch to cheer for Australia. He has even been ball-kid at one of their games.
Timmy's team the Lions is practising hard for their gala day - not galah day - no pink and grey cockatoo costumes, just lots of teams from all over the state competing for a big trophy. Training includes games of sock-er-ball in Mike's hallway, a tough schedule filled with extra practice matches and Coach Roach's pep talks on game preparation. Of course, Studs and Hacker are more interested in their new team shirts than eating the right diet, warm-ups, stretching, and getting the right amount of sleep.
Gala day is filled with excitement, detailed game plays and dramatic events, and of course Studs and Hacker's lunch of pizza and soft drinks has interesting consequences.
This easy to read chapter book features text with different sizes of font, words in bold and in graduated sizes, animated words and bigger spacing. Heath McKenzie's line drawings are humourous snapshots of Timmy's life, his family, friends and his team.
This series is great for high interest, lower reading age students as well.
Rhyllis Bignell

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