‘50 Ways to Score a Goal and other Football Poems,’ by Brian Bilston, cover by Joe Berger.

I love a good collection of poetry, and what could be wetter than a volume all about the beautiful game? Perfect for sharing in the odd spare minute or to inspire some cheering from the terraces (or performing of poetry!)

‘50 Ways to Score a Goal and Other Football Poems shows Brian Bilston’s genuine love for the beautiful game, whether it is a kick about in the back garden, a Sunday match in the park or watching your team winning the cup. There are poems about everything from training to match day, after match analysis, honest football chants and half-time satsumas. Includes chants, ballads, puns, acrostics and shape poems.’

I love that this collection showcases Bilston’s passion for the game in all its forms – whether it be the Sunday league or the FA Cup. Any football fan will relate to the agony and the ecstasy of supporting a team for better or for worse.

The humorous nature of the poems mean that children will enjoy them whether they like football or not. Some of them (like the poem featured above) are just begging to be rewritten about a different sport or hobby that the reader is passionate about. There’s a great selection of chants, ballads, puns, and shape poems to enjoy.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for sending me this title to review*

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