Rampaging Rugby kicks off a brand new, non-fiction Stupendous Sports series. Humorous but informative, it’s a ‘Horrible Histories’ style introduction to the world of sport, complete with Foreword from former New Zealand All Black, Conrad Smith.
A cartoon-filled guide to the game for 8-12s, it’s full of player tips your coach won’t tell you. There’s irreverent explanations (accurate where it matters) fascinating facts and funny stories. It aims to teach boys and girls about the sport but with a light touch and is just as much about the spirit of the game as the rules.
There’s a chance to learn about the history, players and positions and the match structure, scoring, Do’s (and definitely Don’ts!) My trivia-loving 8 year old was immediately drawn to the facts and stats sections.
Do you know your dummy from your dump tackle or your grubber from your goose step? There’s a handy key words section that explain everything from off loads, overlaps, scrums and sin bins.
There’s so many hilarious details to spot in Matt Cherry’s illustrations and the book has an Asterix meets the Beano feel. Look out for a little flick-book animation at the end of the book – a feature of my son’s much-loved Dogman books.
Rampaging Ruby is well-organised and fabulously funny read for youngsters wanting to find out more about the sport.
And it’s not quite full-time yet…
There’s also a fun pack of resources that accompany the book can be downloaded here
Rampaging Rugby was published on the 5th August by Firefly Press.
Other titles in the Stupendous Sports Series out Shortly:
With thanks to the team at Firefly press for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.