Project Description


That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy!

by Sherry Shahan
illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Mikey is the super-competitive young captain of the Hot Diggedy Diner soccer team. He works hard, even if his teammates are easily distracted by anthill investigations and turning themselves into whirlybirds.

After a tough practice, Mikey only wants to practice for the Big Game. Daddy offers to help, but to Mikey’s dismay he keeps bending the rules and telling his impatient son to “just have fun.” After an irresistible ticklefest, however, Mikey finally comes around to Daddy’s way of thinking—and joins him and Socks in the worst, best soccer game ever!

Author Sherry Shahan shows young readers that there is more than one way for kids to play—and enjoy—a game. Illustrator Tatjana Mai-Wyss’s exuberant and whimsical watercolor illustrations reflect the characters’ winning personalities and the upbeat spirit of the story.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-416-7
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 1.6
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Play, Relationships, Sports
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION /Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV032150 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer


“In a warm reversal of the usual competitive sports message, a parent teaches his son to let go and just have fun…The playful illustrations in watercolor and collage show the team playing ball and also goofing off; and the simple, rhythmic words, featuring lots of repetition, will have kids joining in.” ―Booklist


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2008

Meet the Author

Sherry Shahan is a photojournalist and the author of numerous books for young readers, including Death Mountain and That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy!.Shahan lives in California.

Meet the Illustrator

Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. She has illustrated a number of picture books, including A Tree for Emmy and That’s Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy! She lives in South Carolina.