A random school in-service day provided Toby and me with a rare day off at home today, which is always welcome. We spent part of it at our local library and book store in search of a novel Toby has been requesting for ages.
He’s been reading Jeremy Strong’s There’s A Viking In My Bed at school and it’s made such an impression he wants to have it at home too. Now, that’s worth dragging ourselves out into the remnants of a storm for.
Except we couldn’t find the book in the library or in Waterstone’s, and yes we could always order it from Amazon, but instead a shiny football book shouting “buy me” from the bookshelf caught Toby’s eye.
So we came home with Football Academy: Boys United by Tom Palmer. It was one of three in the series on offer, but Toby eventually settled on this particular title because it features a young boy who is set on becoming a professional footballer, so it will be a story and character that he will strongly connect to.
We’ve read a fair few football titles now with Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo being the definite stand-out. So it will be interesting to find out how this one compares.
But after the first chapter I don’t think I’m going to love this one; it already feels cliche-ridden, old-fashioned and predictable. However, we’ll see what Toby makes of it.