Review – Children’s Book of Sport

It’s Australia Day and we’re a nation of sport-lovers. Want to know the score? This is what you need. DK’s remarkable and very visual stylings bring sport alive in this encyclopedic hardcover book.

Starting with Team Sports, the astonishing photos begin with a double-page photo of a mid-play NFL tackle, followed by football (soccer or ‘le foot’), baseball, basketball, volleyball, netball – and, well . . . practically anything ending in ‘ball’ or using a ball.

Racket Sports, Athletics and Gymnastics, Target Sports and Water Sports sections are next, followed by Combat, Winter, Horse, Wheels and Motors, Extreme Sports and of course – the crème de la crème – the Olympic Games.

There’s so much included, sports enthusiasts will suffer an endorphin rush without even contracting a single muscle, let alone breaking a sweat.

Each entry is awash with the striking photography DK is renowned for, as well as information on the way the game is played, the equipment used, techniques, scoring, the ‘essentials’ and the aim of the game. There’s even ‘jargon busters’.

A glossary and index round out this comprehensive yet clearly laid-out book that will attract both younger and older kids.

Children’s Book of Sport is published by Dorling Kindersley.

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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.