Lampard, Frank Frankie vs the Pirate Pillagers (Frankies Magic Soccer Ball #1) 81 pgs, Scholastic Inc., 2014. $4.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
When Frankie wins a game at the carnival, he only gets a damaged
old soccer ball as a prize. He loves soccer, but the ball is just awful, even
his dog tries to throw it away. When it opens a magical portal, he and his
soccer friends decide to jump through –they find themselves on a pirate ship. Turns
out it’s a soccer game against the crew, the loser to be put on a deserted
island. Will Frankie and his friends be able to win against cheaters?
This book stuffs a ton of plot and many characters into a very
short book, I think students would be overwhelmed by
these factors, despite the grade level vocabulary. Also I feel that the reader must be soccer fan already to really make sense of the sports component. These complications are too much to ask for a second grader. Yet older students wouldn’t be drawn to this
short read. I like the idea behind this story, but I just don't think it played out quite right.
EL(K-3) –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.