Weird Throwing and Kicking Sports
From the Set Weird Sports
Throwing and kicking things have long been part of competitive sports. Now read about some of the weirdest sports in this category--from caber tossing to the Alaskan high-contest.
- Hands and Feet
- Fling That Fish!
- Throw That Pole!
- Pin That Foot!
- Volleyball With No Hands!
- Don't Try to Skip These Stones!
- High Kicks in the Far North
- It's All About Balance
- Baby Steps Across the Ice
- Look! Up in the Air!
- 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 Booklist on April 1, 2011
When the name of a series is Weird Sports, you know you’re probably in for some fun. And sure enough, Watson’s title comes through. The premise is a book about sports in which a ball is not used. So what does that leave? Well, there’s blanket riding (kind of like jumping on a trampoline, only you’re being flung by the blanket holders); stone tossing (a Swiss sport in which heavy rocks are tossed); and toe wrestling (self- explanatory). But perhaps the jewel in the weird-sports crown is fish flinging. ‘Mullet tossing is simple. Grab a mullet from the bucket and see how far you can throw it.’ There are rules, but not many. Full-color photos of the ‘athletes’ at play are one part of each two-page spread. The text offers basic explanations, although in most cases there’s really not that much to explain. When the ball gets lost in the neighbor’s garden, this will provide some ideas.
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.