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Children's Nonfiction Soccer

Oddrey Joins the Team

by (author) Dave Whamond

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
Soccer, Humorous Stories, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3


Oddrey has always been the kind of girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, first in her school's production of The Wizard of Oz and later when she pulls some impressive antics to rescue Maybelline, the new girl at school, from the monkey enclosure at the zoo.

Now Oddrey's back for a third adventure, this time bringing her exuberant spirit to the soccer field. Maybelline encourages Oddrey to join the school team, the Piccadilla Bees, and it's not long until their big game against the Quagville Crushers. The Bees struggle to find their stride, but Oddrey is convinced she has a solution. True to form, she thinks that if her teammates bring their own individual talents – dancing, karate-kicking, and cartwheeling – to bear on the problem, they may just have a shot at winning! At least they'll have fun.

About the author


DAVE WHAMOND a illustré plus de 25 albums jeunesse, dont la série Margot et My Think-a-ma-Jink. Quand ses enfants étaient petits, il leur lisait des livres de Robert Munsch et rêvait d’en illustrer un! Dave habite avec sa famille à Calgary, en Alberta.


DAVE WHAMOND is the creator of Oddrey and My Think-a-ma-Jink, both winners of the Blue Spruce Award. He illustrated the Robert Munsch book Braids! He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called Reality Check, which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.


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  • Unknown, A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens

Excerpt: Oddrey Joins the Team (by (author) Dave Whamond)

Oddrey loved sports. Sometimes she even liked to make up her own.
So when her friend Maybelline asked her to join the school soccer team, Oddrey decided she'd give it a try.
Oddrey played soccer a bit differently than the other kids on the team. At her first practice with the Piccadilla Bees, she showed everyone her stuff.

Editorial Reviews

"Give this to fans of the first Oddrey books; it should spark a discussion of sportsmanship and working together."

School Library Journal

"With its simple text and dynamic illustrations, Oddrey Joins the Team would be a good book for reading with groups."

Canadian Review of Materials

"An exuberant read that continues to emphasize the same themes as the other books in this series: good things come from being our own unique selves."

National Reading Campaign

"A good social learning book to share with young readers... to teach good sportsmanship and acceptance."

Resource Links

"A winning theme for the early sports shelf."

Kirkus Reviews

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