The Day Dad Joined My Soccer Team

Maureen Fergus
Mike Lowery

A soccer dad misunderstands when he hears that his son's team needs his help. Instead of taking care of halftime snacks, the dad grabs a jersey and runs onto the field to play! And what an embarrassment he is: he hogs the ball, complains about his teammates and throws a hairy fit when the referee doesn't call a play his way! Can the boy find a way to teach his dad how to be a good sport before he drives the whole team crazy?

Maureen Fergus, a Blue Spruce Award winner, has the perfect touch in crafting comic role-reversal stories. The boy gets to prove he knows more than his father --- always a hit --- but the two maintain a close and loving relationship throughout. The simple lines of Mike Lowery's art reflect the story's offbeat premise and child's point of view. With hilarious lessons on being a good sport, following the rules and having patience with others, this picture book could spark conversations about self-awareness and managing relationships. It also works for character education lessons on empathy, compassion and perseverance, and is a terrific resource for coaches of all kinds.

978-1-77138-654-8 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 10 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0074-5 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“A fun and engaging role-reversal read-aloud about how to be a good sport.”
— School Library Journal, March 2018
“... readers will get a kick out of seeing an exasperated yet patient kid dealing with a clueless parental figure.”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2018
“Turning the tables shines the light on poor sportsmanship. Will Fergus and Lowery next address bad behavior in the bleachers?”
— Kirkus Reviews, March 2018
“... offers some indirect instruction in proper attitudes.”
— Booklist Online, April 2018
“... the slight silliness of the dad's behavior will make young children giggle, while at the same time delivering the intended message.”
— Quebec Library Association, May 2018
“... an easy to read story that has some good lessons for young children.”
— CM Magazine, June 2018
“The role reversal comic tale helps show children what is involved in good sportsman- ship and being a team player in a very amusing manner.”
— Resource Links, October 2018
2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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