Kid’s Book Review: Offside!

Kid’s Book Review: Offside!

About the Book and Author

Perfect for footie fans this is fun story with lots of black and white illustrations. It is aimed for readers aged 8 years and above and is designed so dyslexic children can enjoy reading it too.

Can Dale Juniors win the local football cup for a second time? Scott, Danny and Jack think they can! But when Jack is booted off the team to make room for new boy Lee Parker, everything changes. Lee’s a good player. But something’s wrong. He isn’t playing to win – and when he gets a red card for a dirty foul, it looks as though it’s all over. Can Jack save the day?

The competition and the tension heighten as Paul Stewart continues the action in the second of this four-part football series. Catch up on the story so far with Own Goal (Football Mad #1)also published by Barrington Stoke

Offside! cover
Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart is an international star who has written everything from travel writing to football stories, fantasy and horror. His collaboration with Chris Riddell on The Edge Chronicles has taken him to bestseller lists in both the UK and USA. A graduate of Lancaster University and of the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course, Paul travelled for many years and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, Australasia, North America and East Africa. He lived in Germany and Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language, before returning to England and subsequently becoming a full-time writer.

Michael Broad studied illustration at Portsmouth University, earning 1st Class Honours Degree in 1999. He then moved to London to work as a commercial artist and made books in his spare time. One of these books caught the attention of a literary agent and his first publishing contract followed in 2005.

Michael has since written and illustrated over thirty books for children and these have been translated into many languages worldwide. His picture books have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Stockport Schools Book Award, and his fiction has been shortlisted for the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

Book Review

It was hilarious and I read it in one go

Any football fan would love this book. My Mum read it and she thought it was awesome too!

It was hilarious and I read it in one go. I liked how the book explained about the offside rule with good examples of how you can beat it.

My favourite character was Lee because I just found him cool. It showed how much fun it is being part of a team with your friends.

The twist at the end of the book surprised me quite a lot but I can’t say more without giving the game away.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, starting with book number 1! Overall I give this book 11 out of 11 stars!


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Reviewer Profile

Junior Reviewer Sid
  • Name: Sid
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: football, gaming and Liverpool FC
  • Dislikes: cheese and slugs
  • Favourite Book: The Beasts of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams
  • Favourite Film: Lego: The Movie 2
  • Favourite Song: You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers