Weird Sports of the World
From the Set Weird Sports
What kinds of competitions do other countries have? Well, how about unicycle polo? Or Finland's famous wife-carrying contest? Read about some of the strangest world sports inside!
- The Weird, Weird World of Sports
- Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi!
- Who Needs Ladders?
- A Loooong Way to the Green!
- Who Needs a Car?
- It Takes a Tough Guy to Win
- Flat Tires in Hockey?
- Off-road Boarding
- Look Out Below!
- Uppercut and Checkmate!
- Web Sites
A noteworthy review of Weird Sports from Library Media Connection on September 1, 2011
This fun series shares highlights and objectives of some of the weirdest sports around today. From the unbelievable horse vs. man race to the downright silly turkey bowling, and even to the just plain crazy north pole marathon, students are sure to find something to enjoy. Each book begins with a disclaimer cautioning readers not to attempt any of the sports themselves. Each book covers nine sports; there is some repetition in books. Interesting trivia facts are noted on each of the real-life action photographs. In this age of reality television and ‘the weirder the better’ mentality, this series will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Bold-faced vocabulary words are marked throughout. Gossary. Table of Contents. Index.
A noteworthy review of Weird Sports from School Library Journal on April 1, 2011
Fascinating sports and challenges are briefly elucidated in this series. Both authors give examples from various countries, describing altogether more than 50 activities ranging from Estonia’s wife-carrying race to a Mexican golf tournament that involves playing only one hole. Though bizarre contests are highlighted, the authors show their sense of humor by also featuring known, but out of the ordinary contests, such as pig races regularly seen at county fairs and atypical races such as those in which dogs pull skiers through the snow. Colorful photographs enhance the comical events, and ‘Fast Fact’ or ‘Bonus Weirdness’ text boxes near each photo provide additional details. Vocabulary is stretched as readers learn more about ‘parkour,’ an obstacle course that they may be familiar with from television. This material is unusual enough to encourage readers to browse the entire series.