Book Review: Sporty Lou

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Sporty Lou

Written and illustrated by Quentin Holmes

31 pages

Published by Holmes Investment and Holdings

Publication date: 1st October 2017

Age range: 3 +

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Sporty Lou series is for kids 3-to-6-years old who LOVE sports!

-A Multicultural Children’s Books by Quentin Holmes
-Easy-to-read, empowering and entertaining stories for young children (3-to-6-years old)
-Picture Books & Coloring Books
-Available in hardcover, softcover, & eBook

Sporty Lou is a spunky determined kid with a big heart and bigger imagination. At the feet of his ‘mighty dad’, Sporty Lou is taught the basics of soccer. He struggles and falters, but his little body holds a giant heart that won’t back down from a challenge! Cheer along as Sporty Lou’s imagination turns his backyard into a stadium full of roaring fans. Will he ultimately give in or take his first steps towards becoming a true sports legend?

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Perseverance is the food that makes greatness grow.

I was really excited to joining the Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewing team to publicise diverse books from all over the world. The author of this book, Quentin Holmes, kindly sent me an e-ARC of Sporty Lou and another in the same series, Johnny Skip 2. These books came about in response to the lack of books available with protagonists from various cultures and races, with the author aiming to create picture books where children could see themselves. I really agree with this ideal, as I think it is difficult for us to quantify the damage caused by large swathes of the population seeing themselves unrepresented in popular media.

This story follows Sporty Lou as he learns to play football with her father, dreams of greatness and learns that not all lessons come easy. It has a great message of perseverance, plus I liked the depiction of a positive relationship between a son and his father, to go along with many other stories where children are pictured with both parents or mum,

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What I liked: More diversity in books, making them reflective of our diverse society is always good. The book features sport – football (soccer if you’re in the US!) which is sure to go down well with football fans. Positive relationship between father and son.

Even better if: I am not a massive fan of the illustrations or the typefacing. I don’t think this will be a story that stands up to rereadings or be particularly memorable. While I am all for more diversity in books, just including diverse characters is not enough if the storyline, text and illustrations are not appealing. The rhyming can be quite awkward and contrived at times.

How you could use it in your classroom: Useful to have as an addition to books showing children from every culture, race and background so all of your pupils can find themselves in a book. This book might appeal to those who like sports too!

(Thank you to the author for sending me an e-ARC and to the organisers of Multicultural Children’s Book Day for introducing me)

I have included some further information about this amazing event below:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

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Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

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We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

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