Title: Don’t Throw It To Mo!
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Sam Ricks
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Summary: Mo loves football. But Mo is small. And he’s young. He’s the youngest, smallest player on the Robins’ team. One day, during a game, Coach Steve spreads butter on a football and passes it to Mo. He tells Mo that he has to learn how to hold onto a slippery ball. Mo drops the ball. The other team sees him and laughs. He’s too small to play football. He’s a butterfingers. Near the end of the game, Coach Steve puts Mo in the game. He tells Mo to run deep, but he tells the team not to throw to Mo. A player from the other team runs with him. He calls Mo a butterfingers. In the next play, Coach Steve says the same thing. The other player starts to run with Mo, but stops. No one throws the ball to Mo. On the last play of the game, Coach Steve tells Mo to run deep again and this time he wants the team to throw him the ball. Mo runs deep. The other team’s player doesn’t run with him. His team throws him the ball. Mo catches the ball and makes a touchdown. Coach Steve’s plan worked. Mo won the game for his team.
Literary Merit: Easy to read vocabulary. High interest subject.
Kid Appeal: Football and the Little Guy Wins the Game! Young readers will love to read about another little kid who wins the game for his team.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Easy Reader category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.