Review: 'Ronaldo Rules – Football Superstars'

Book Title: Ronaldo Rules – Football Superstars (available here)

Author: Simon Mugford

Illustrator: Dan Green

Publisher: Welbeck Children’s Books

Publication Date: Jan 2020

Most Suitable For: Years 2-4

Reviewed By: Kathryn Gilbert

The perfect book for any football fan! Simon Mugford’s informative text set alongside Dan Green’s fun and realistic illustrations make for an engaging read that will leave children knowing a lot more about Cristiano Ronaldo. The text is designed in such a way that it can engage a range of children, including readers embarking on their first chapter books as well as older reluctant readers. The book would be an ideal classroom stimulus to use for teaching biographies or non-chronological reports, as the information included offers a range of teaching and learning opportunities. There is also a free to download pack of Teachers' Notes and Activities to accompany the series. Interspersed throughout the book are a range of jokes that children will enjoy. The text is displayed in a range of interesting ways, including speech bubbles, fact boxes and comic style sequences. The variety on layout keeps readers engaged, while the narrative is simple to follow. Children will also enjoy the tips at the end of the book to learn some of Ronaldo’s skills. This book is an early member of a growing series of ‘Football Superstars’ books, showcasing the best modern-day footballers around. The books in the series lend themselves well to being collected, swapped and shared like football cards. Many children know snippets about these players but these books provide a detailed insight into every aspect of the footballer’s life.

An enjoyable read for all football fans!

Click to download the free Football Superstars Teachers' Notes and Activities.


You can order Ronaldo Rules online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Kathryn for reviewing it.

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