Yesterday was the publication day for Ian Slatter’s latest book Danny Mann Super Fan and to help promote it I have given him my blog for the day to have a guest post about people reading children’s books.
So thank you Ian for coming along, first let’s look at the new book.
“Fantastic read”, “I recommend this book to all football fans”, “fun and engaging with lots of laughs”.
Danny loves Chadmouth Town Football Club more than anything, but a run of defeats and terrible luck has left them bottom of the table and looking certain to be relegated with time running out.
But then, Danny and his best friend Nelson stumble across a bizarre pre-match ritual that seems to turn their luck around, and his beloved team starts winning again. Is it too little too late though, and can he keep doing everything right before each match, even when he starts finding more and more obstacles in his way and despite the relentless teasing from his classmates? It’s going to come down to the wire.
Does Danny have what it takes to save Chadmouth’s season?
Danny Mann Super Fan is the perfect book for young football / soccer fans (including reluctant readers), and for anyone who’s enjoyed the Charlie Fry or Jamie Johnson series and Tom Palmer’s football books.
What readers have been saying about Danny Mann Super Fan:
★ If you have a football-crazy child at home then Danny Man Super Fan (A Chadmouth Town Football Story) by Ian Slatter would be a fantastic read for your little one. Recommended for children aged 9 to 12 years of age. Yeah Lifestyle
★ Does your child love football (in the US, soccer)? If they play or love watching matches, this book is going to be one of their very favorites! Danny Mann Super Fan has all the action, adventure, and drama found in a football match. Your children will want to finish the final chapters of this middle-school book and see what would happen to Danny and the Crabs. Lisa’s Reading
★ A refreshing change from football stories on the field, Danny Mann celebrates life on the terraces and all the dedicated supporters that turn out week in week out to cheer on their team. Primary Teacher Bookshelf
★ Danny Mann Super Fan is fun and engaging with lots of laughs and team spirit. I think all young football fans would enjoy this story. It’s all about the love of the game and younger fans are sure to enjoy it. Four Moon Reviews
★ An engaging story that may well appeal to some who would otherwise be considered reluctant readers, especially if they are football fans. It is a fun story, with plenty of football drama to appeal to middle grade readers. Splashes Into Books
★ I recommend this book to all football fans as well as readers from about age eight and up. I’m not personally a soccer enthusiast, but I had no trouble enjoying this well-written tale. Gina Rae Mitchell
★ A great story celebrating a worldwide sport celebrated by players and fans alike. Insatiablereaders
★ I thought that this was a great book. As someone who isn’t a big soccer fan, I still found myself enjoying the book. Kathryn Books
Why you’re never too old to read children’s books
Like many of you, reading was a huge help for me in getting through lockdown last year. I’ve always read a lot, but I read even more when the options for alternative forms of entertainment were taken away.
I got to the stage though where I started to get a bit fed up with my usual reading material. I had been reading a lot of detective fiction and mystery/thrillers, and I found I wasn’t looking forward to starting yet another book full of gruesome murders as much as I usually did. There are of course many other genres I could have switched to, but as I also had a few ideas for children’s books I was starting to work on, I decided it would make sense for me to start reading some of them.
So that’s what I did. I started with some I’d read when I was a child, like The Phantom Tollbooth and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. If you’ve ever re-watched TV shows you loved when you were little you’ll know that they often don’t live up to your recollections of them, but I’m pleased to say that it wasn’t the case with these books. I really enjoyed them, and it brought back some happy memories of enjoying them when I was young.
Then I moved onto some “modern” children’s books (middle grade and young adult). I discovered some I liked the look of on various book blogs and found some recommendations on Twitter, and ending up reading some fantastic kids books by current authors – Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans, The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford, M G Leonard’s Beetle Boy and Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans to name but a few.
Why did I enjoy them? In a nutshell, they’re just great stories. Kid’s books are generally shorter than adult fiction, but that doesn’t mean the plots are any less imaginative. It’s a different style of story-telling, which is refreshing and exciting, and there are definitely fewer murders. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that they don’t have something to say – there are lots of themes and ideas in them that give children and adults alike something to think about.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, how about starting off with some books that are already recognised as crossovers between children’s and adult fiction, like Harry Potter or His Dark Materials? Or you could read a kid’s or young adult book by an author you know who writes across genres, for example Terry Pratchett, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, John Grisham or David Baddiel. Alternatively, maybe you could read some books that you never read but you’ve seen the movie, like 101 Dalmatians, Warhorse, Peter Pan or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
So, I definitely recommend that all adult readers include at least a few middle grade and young adult fiction titles in their reading lists. You don’t have to ditch adult books completely, but sprinkle in a little bit of children’s book magic. You might find that you start enjoying your “usual” adult genres more as well, as I did. Give it a go – you might thank me for it!
Ian Slatter is the author of the middle grade novel Eco Worrier.
His new book – Danny Mann Super Fan – is available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple Books and as a paperback (from Amazon) from 9th May 2021.