Striking tales for footy fans

Ian Durant has added K.O.Kings (Walker Books pound;3.99) to his Bad Boyz football series. This terrific short read for Year 4 and above deals with the sensitive issue of unwelcome parental comments from the touch-line.

Durant has a fine ear for contemporary idiom and the dialogue in this book is truly alive, bringing out the different characters of the team.

The narrative is equally colourful: "If Dareth was pants in the first half, he was great big granny knickers in the second."

Another football series for a similar audience is Phantom Football by Rob Childs. In Soccer Shadows (Corgi pound;3.99), Tom seems set for some run-of-the-mill beach football on a family holiday until his sister notices that his six-a-side team-mates don't cast any shadows.

Michael Thorn is deputy head of Hawkes Farm primary, Hailsham

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