Kid’s Book Review: Bobby Bains Plays a Blinder

Kid’s Book Review: Bobby Bains Plays a Blinder

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

When he spots a lonely old man watching his football games in the park, and then sees him again eating at the local gurdwara kitchen, Bobby wants to help.

At first the man doesn’t seem very friendly and he doesn’t want to take part in the local walking football league for older people that Bobby tells him about.

But when Bobby eventually changes his mind, it turns out that the man is a talented former professional footballer who has recently been widowed, and Bobby’s invitation opens up a rewarding new opportunity for him to make connections in his local community.

Bali Rai

Bali Rai was born in Leicester where he grew up in a multicultural community dreaming of playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley or becoming a writer. He writes the books he would have enjoyed as a teenager and his book Rani and Sukh is a set-text for GCSE English.

Daniel Duncan  grew up in leafy Chalfont St. Giles playing football outside when it wasn’t raining, and drawing the rest of the time.
In 2013 He graduated from Middlesex University with first class honours degree in illustration, and has worked as a children’s illustrator ever since.

Book Review

I was excited to read this book as football is my favourite sport

I was excited to read this book as football is my favourite sport. It was about a boy called Bobby who plays for his local football team with his school friends. He also helps his mum who volunteers at the community cafe. He lives with his mum and Nana Ji and they are Sikh this is a religion. Bobby and his coach decide to set up a walking football team for older people and gets people to join on of those was Trevor, who in the end they find out he was a professional footballer a long time ago.

The words were slightly bigger on the page and broken down into chapters, so was easy for me to read to mum in the evenings, some pages had some drawings on too.

I enjoyed this book as Bobby seemed similar to me in age and playing in a football team with friends.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Cedar
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Riding my bike, monster trucks and Lego
  • Dislikes: Spiders and vegetables
  • Favourite Book: The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Favourite Film: Sing 2