You're a Good Sport, Miss Malarkey
Publication Date: August 2002
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Miss Malarkey has always been a team player. That’s why she’s been recruited to be one of the coaches for the new soccer league. While her motto is, “Let’s have fun!” the parents have other goals in mind. Forget sportsmanship and doing your best, winning is everything to these grown-ups. It’s up to Miss Malarkey to set the spectators straight.
“There are a lot of very recognizable characters afoot, young and old, and O’Malley’s cartoon-like drawings bring them into sharp focus. . . . Perhaps there will be thousands of soccer kids sitting their folks down and reading this lesson to them as a bedtime story.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A]n enjoyable read that will be welcomed by Miss Malarkey fans and could lead to productive discussions with children.” —School Library Journal
“The text is well served by O’Malley’s lively illustrations, which leaven a story about a subject of increasing concern to both parents and kids.” —Booklist