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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
New Football Coach (The)
by Dominique Demers
Age Range: 6-8
The mysterious and eccentric Miss Charlotte appears again in this third title in the ‘Adventures of Miss Charlotte’, this time as a football coach. When Jeremy asks his cousin Marie for help she fails to tell him about Miss Charlotte’s strange appearance - tall and thin as an asparagus, wearing weird clothes and a huge hat, which resembled a witches hat but with a round top instead of a pointy one – or her unconventional methods!
Miss Charlotte has been drafted in to help the Black Duck Brook Football Club beat the team from Blueberry Bay. Their headmistress Paulette Pesky is the twin sister of Yvette Pesky the headmistress of Blueberry Bay School and they argue and fight over everything. Both want their school to be named after a famous international football star Tony Brilliant.
Preparation for the big match includes Miss Charlotte’s special football known as Anatole, drinking a special potion Smalalamiam, teaching the children to lose and to have a bit of Spling! Incredible, it seems to work – but will their hopes of victory be dashed when their star player Fred decides to join the other team?
The New Football Coach by Canadian writer Dominique Demer, translated from French by Sander Berg, is another zany tale of a coach with rather unorthodox methods, but where children benefit, particularly when it comes to good behaviour and respecting each other. Miss Charlotte is a kind of modern-day Mary Poppins who is always ready to answer a call for help from a school in need of her services. Enriched by the amusing pen-and-ink illustrations of Tony Ross, children are sure to love this latest title in the series. See the reviews of the previous two books – The New Teacher and The Mysterious Librarian.