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Big Kicks
Contributor(s): Kolar, Bob, Kolar, Bob (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763633909     ISBN-13: 9780763633905
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2008
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Annotation: Kids of all sizes and soccer abilities are sure to get a kick out of this droll, vibrantly illustrated story about a lovable (but clumsy) bear and his endearing (but unlucky) soccer team. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Soccer; Fiction.
Ability; Fiction.
Size; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Soccer
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2007940976
Lexile Measure: 500
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 11.00" W x 0.50" (1.15 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 125258
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q49176
Reading Level: 1.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Biggie Bear lives in a quiet corner of a busy little town. He collects stamps, plays jazz, and enjoys being by himself. One day, the town soccer team knocks on his door, and they need BIG help. Biggie's never played soccer before, and once they are out on the fi eld, Biggie realizes that maybe there is more to soccer than just being big. Bob Kolar's droll, vibrantly illustrated tale about a lovable (but rather clumsy) bear and his endearing (but rather unlucky) team is sure to win some BIG fans.

Contributor Bio(s): b Kolar is the author-illustrator of several books, including DO YOU WANT TO PLAY? and RACER DOGS. He also illustrated ALPHAOOPS! THE DAY Z WENT FIRSTby Alethea Kontis. Bob Kolar lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
The Mighty Giants, an all-animal soccer team, needs a replacement for their star player. They approach Biggie Bear, only to discover that bigger isn't necessarily better. The story's humor is enhanced by a subplot involving physically imposing Biggie's dorky zeal for stamp collecting. Chunky digitally rendered art, though less sophisticated in composition, calls to mind D. B. Johnson's work. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 September)

PreS-K— Biggie Bear's soccer-playing friends appear at his doorstep with a size XXL shirt, begging him to join them, since Brown Dog has fleas and can't play. Biggie is a jazz fan who collects stamps, but his lack of experience on the field takes a backseat to the fact that he looks good in the team color. Despite his athletic shortcomings, the score is tied until the bear bends over to grasp a rare stamp on the ground and heads the ball into the net for the winning goal. Biggie returns to the field after that, but always as an enthusiastic fan. Kolar's soccer story is just rollicking enough for listeners, despite the stereotypical minor characters—Smelly Smell Skunk, Scared Rabbit, Twirly Squirrel, etc. The large format facilitates sharing the book with groups. Digital cartoons of rounded figures with exaggerated features are brightly hued and presented in detailed scenes that are balanced with less complex spreads. This simple tale that encourages trying things out of one's comfort zone will capture prospective players too young or wiggly for longer reads like Jonathan London's Froggy Plays Soccer (Viking, 1999).—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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