by Gary Gramling
Published August 2017
by Sports Illustrated
Review copy provided by publisher
Goodreads SummarySo you're a football fan and now you want to take your passion for the game to the next level? The Football Fanbook from Sports Illustrated Kids is just what you need. A key addition to every young sports fanatic's library, The Football Fanbook is filled with fun trivia and unique lingo to impress friends, illustrated behind-the-skills how-to's, important game-winning strategies, and much more. Readers will sound like experts in no time.
Are you ready for some football? It is preseason time and my husband has been watching games, analyzing stats are reading updates on his favorite team. Boy was I able to impress him with some things I learned from this book. And thanks to the "Talk the Talk" section, I am able to actually keep up during the games!
The Football Fanbook is a great resource about the popular fall pastime. It is organized into 7 chapters with topics such as Think Like a Coach, Obscure Facts, and Know These Numbers to name a few. It is filled with trivia facts, stats and lingo for fans or those just wanting to learn more.
Here are a few interesting facts I learned:
*In an average football game there are only around 11 minutes of action?
*The huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard, a deaf quarterback.
*The University of Phoenix stadium has a grass field that is rolled out of the stadium between games to grow in a natural environment.
*Former Viking, Fred Cox, invented the Nerf football.
Information is accompanied by photographs, captions, and infograms. There is even a diagram showing the reader how to throw a perfect spiral pass, but I did not try it.
Here is a trailer of some of the football lingo readers will learn.
I would recommend this book for fans in 4th grade and up.