Oddrey Joins the Team

illus. by Dave Whamond. 32p. Owlkids. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771470612. LC 2014931865.
K-Gr 2—Oddrey is back, this time convincing her soccer team that there is more than one way to play ball and that they should try working as a team. Their clueless coach just stands by scratching his head, while she comes up with the play to save the big game. Oddrey is a cartoon-style girl with a daisy on her head, and all of the illustrations have a comic book feel, right down to the "wap, boot, bonk" as the ball connects and bounces off of the players. Give this to fans of the first Oddrey books; it should spark a dicussion of sportsmanship and working together.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
In her latest endearing outing, free-thinking Oddrey wants to maintain her individuality while playing on her school soccer team. Ultimately, she convinces their star player to embrace teamwork ("You mean, you want me to pass the ball?"). The slick, cartoony art, in which one spread might contain multiple images of a character, would be well suited to a comic strip.

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