Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 3 to 7
A soccer dad misunderstands when he hears that his son's team needs his help. Instead of taking care of halftime snacks, the dad grabs a jersey and runs onto the field to play! And what an embarrassment he is: he hogs the ball, complains about his teammates and throws a hairy fit when the referee doesn't call a play his way! Can the boy find a way to teach his dad how to be a good sport before he drives the whole team crazy?
Maureen Fergus, a Blue Spruce Award winner, has the perfect touch in crafting comic role-reversal stories. The boy gets to prove he knows more than his father --- always a hit --- but the two maintain a close and loving relationship throughout. The simple lines of Mike Lowery's art reflect the story's offbeat premise and child's point of view. With hilarious lessons on being a good sport, following the rules and having patience with others, this picture book could spark conversations about self-awareness and managing relationships. It also works for character education lessons on empathy, compassion and perseverance, and is a terrific resource for coaches of all kinds.
About the authors
Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Mike Lowery is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has worked on dozens of award-winning books for kids, including The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, Mac B, Kid Spy by Mac Barnett, How to Be a T.Rex, and many others. He's also written several books, including the Doodle Adventures series of graphic novels for kids and Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know, which collects his drawings of super-weird and totally true facts. Visit him online at mikelowery.com.
- Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
- Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre
The role reversal comic tale helps show children what is involved in good sportsman- ship and being a team player in a very amusing manner.
Turning the tables shines the light on poor sportsmanship. Will Fergus and Lowery next address bad behavior in the bleachers?
A fun and engaging role-reversal read-aloud about how to be a good sport.
School Library Journal
... the slight silliness of the dad's behavior will make young children giggle, while at the same time delivering the intended message.
Quebec Library Association
... readers will get a kick out of seeing an exasperated yet patient kid dealing with a clueless parental figure.
... offers some indirect instruction in proper attitudes.
... an easy to read story that has some good lessons for young children.
Other titles by Maureen Fergus
Petal the Angry Cow
Mad About Meatloaf (Weenie Featuring Frank and Beans Book #1)
Glory on Ice
A Vampire Hockey Story