Saturday, January 23, 2010


I’m a basketball fan living in a football state. Football is #1 where I live. So is the state university's football team which just won a national championship. Basketball is #1 in the state where I grew up. That state university is cheering on a team that's unbeaten this year. Soon, that team could be #1 in the NCAA polls. Sports fans know which teams we’re talking about. Anyhow, believe it or not, there are other sports besides football and basketball! And if you want to know about them, sing about them, have fun with them, here’s a book you and your family will enjoy no matter your sports preferences or singing talent.

GOING, GOING, GONE and other silly dilly sports songs by Alan Katz, illustrated by David Catrow. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009.

Choruses of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep” with new lyrics written by the jocular Katz and renamed “My Father Says We’re going Cycling” and “Tennis is a Complicated Sport” were probably not meant to be part of the repertoire of a university show choir. However, songs like “Controlling Your Bowling” and “I’m the Goalie” are great fun to sing when you’re stuck in the car trying to leave a parking lot after a big game. Illustrator Catrow, who must chuckle while he works, has teamed with Katz on other witty books. Do they get together and sing?

My team plays its games not far down the road from the one everyone is talking about. It's OK if that state team is at the top today. My team hasn’t peaked yet. Wisely, they’re waiting ‘til March.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, we love rhyming books and poems, and Walter LOVES to play with his soccer ball EVERY night, so...this sounds like a book we would enjoy. As always, thank you for turning us in the direction of a good book.


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