The Good Game

Holiday House. Aug. 2024. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823456222.
K-Gr 2–An early reader full of vibrant visuals reflecting the actions of two great yet very different sports teams. Toto shares the story of a lacrosse game between Team Four Legs and Team Wings with his despondent grandson, who yearns to play lacrosse with the big kids in his neighborhood. In Toto’s story, two small animals—a squirrel and a mouse—long to play among the big teams. In the end, they shake things up for everyone. A beginning reader’s vocabulary is evident throughout; children will delight in the unexpected twist at the end. David, a member of the Mohawk people, grew up with legends and imagery that developed his love of art. All of this creativity is well-crafted inside an early reader that displays colorful, entertaining forest animals in dynamic lacrosse poses while at the same time showcasing their exaggerated expressions to keep readers engaged to the story’s gratifying finale.
VERDICT A clever and charming early reader with a fun out-of-the-blue turn of events and just a few words per page, this is an ideal story for burgeoning readers and a welcome book for any collection.

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