Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Non-Fiction 8 years and up

NZ Writer and Illustrator
Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame – 25 Kiwi Champions
New Holland Publishers 2014  $24.99pb    64pp
ISBN 978 1 8696 6422 0

 If there was ever a book of role models this is it!  
 25 sporting heroes are shown here with all their hard work, their training programmes, their triumphs and even their failures. There is one sportsperson to each double page spread and it is surprising just how much information the writer and illustrator have managed to pack into those two pages without them ever looking crowded.  This is a book that not-so-enthusiastic readers will relate to with its realistic pictures and the good readers will enjoy the straight from the shoulder text. There are plenty of extras in the form of where to find sports museums/ bibliographies/ competition and a useful guide to setting up your own sports training plan.  Fortunately the book is well bound as I predict it will have a great deal of use. 

Year 4 up/ Age 8 up

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