The Resource Don't throw it to Mo!, by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks

Don't throw it to Mo!, by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks

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Don't throw it to Mo!
Title
Don't throw it to Mo!
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by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks
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Do not throw it to Mo!
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eng
Summary
"Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins"--
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  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, 2016.
Review
  • Grades K-2 The youngest kid on his football team, little Mo watches most of their games from the bench. Occasionally, Coach Steve tosses him a buttered football to help him “practice holding on to the ball, even if it’s slippery.” During a losing game, the opposing team’s players jeer at the (literally) butterfingered kid on the sidelines. Then Coach Steve sends Mo in and, using their opponents’ overconfidence and disrespect, sets up a winning play. While beginning readers may not be playing organized football, they can still dream about it. Laid out in simple words, large type, and wide-spaced lines, the text is illustrated with colorful, jaunty line-and-wash illustrations that portray the diverse characters with energy and style. The simply told story features an appealing underdog with enough skill to catch the ball and enough humility to give his coach some credit. Despite the longevity of Leonard Kessler’s Kick, Pass, and Run (1966, 1996), football-themed books for beginning readers are surprisingly hard to find. Fortunately for young sports fans, this one is a winner. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 05-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 18, p57)
  • K-Gr 2 — Mo loves football so much that his mother wakes him up every morning for school by throwing him a forward pass. He participates in a neighborhood football team in which most of the kids are older, but Mo practices every day and keeps coach Steve company on the bench cheering for his team. Sometimes his coach works with Mo even though the boy doesn't play. One day, things change for Mo; coach Steve puts him in the game. No one expects him to play well, and the other team doesn't try to challenge him. Then one special play saves the game, and Mo wins it for his team. This beginning reader is well designed with bold colors and cartoon illustrations to provide new readers with context clues that support the story. Simple sentences and in-depth plot support key details providing material for strong comprehension to support fluency. VERDICT An engaging sports title with ethnically diverse characters, recommended for all early reader collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI --Melissa Smith (Reviewed April 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 4, p139)
  • Mo is one football-crazy little boy.Using a football for a pillow, waking up to his mom's calls of football plays—Mo's whole life revolves around the pigskin. Even though he is younger and smaller than the other kids on the team, he plays for the Robins. He mostly sits on the bench next to Coach Steve, but he still lives to play. One day during a game, Coach Steve butters the ball to teach Mo hand skills, and the opposing team sees him bobble the ball. The coach puts Mo in but tells the Robins not to throw to Mo, causing the other team's players to mock the boy. Having cagily established Mo as no threat, the coach then engineers Mo's capture of the game-winning throw. While the ample font, recognizable words, and amusing full-color cartoon illustrations make Mo's story seem to be a good fit for new readers, the plot is confusing in parts. Most children know that butter does not easily wash off with cold water and that football teams do not include children of wildly varying ages. When Mo gives credit to his coach for the winning play, Coach Steve says something that no coach of a team sport ever says: "No....You won the game." A diverse cast of football players, including a pigtailed girl and a proudly centered African-American protagonist, adds interest, but the plot's flaws may put off even young football fanatics. (Early reader. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
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Awards note
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
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10410044
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Adler, David A
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Guided reading level: I
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.A2615
LC item number
Dp 2015
Literary form
fiction
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  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
1.9
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  • Ricks, Sam
  • Penguin Young Readers Group
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True
Series statement
Penguin young readers. Level 2, Progressing reader
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Football stories
  • Boys
  • Sports teams
  • Stature
  • Football
  • Size
  • Sports teams
  • Boys
  • Football stories
  • Stature
Target audience
primary
Label
Don't throw it to Mo!, by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks
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ocn889688464
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
32 pages
Isbn
9780606368001
Lccn
2014030505
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color illustrations
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(OCoLC)889688464
Label
Don't throw it to Mo!, by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn889688464
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
32 pages
Isbn
9780606368001
Lccn
2014030505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)889688464

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