Inspiring Everyone to Kick Goals: Read our Review of Goal!!! by Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford

Inspiring Everyone to Kick Goals: Read our Review of Goal!!! by Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford

Join Little Lydia and her new friends as they all strive to be their best AND work together as a team. Goal!!! is a joyous and triumphant picture book about friendship, sport, and teamwork by Lydia Williams, Indigenous Australian goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas and for Arsenal in the UK—how amazing is she?

Lydia’s first picture book is based on her own experiences growing up in the red dirt of Western Australia, then moving to Canberra with her family. That’s when she started playing soccer. Now she’s about to play in the Tokyo Olympics!

When Little Lydia moves from the desert to the big city, she misses practising goalkeeping. She has big dreams of playing in the Olympics. Leaving her animal friends behind is hard, but before long she’s meeting new ones at the zoo.

At first, she can’t keep up with Tiger, Bear and Gibbon—their skills are amazing. They are a bit intimidating, but soon Lydia discovers that learning from others is the best way to improve and have fun. Lydia is exhausted by the hard work, but she perseveres, builds confidence in herself, and finds enjoyment playing with and learning from the animals.

Goal!!! is a simply told picture book with a strong message and loads of heart. Lucinda Gifford’s colourful and punchy illustrations complement the text beautifully. You can almost see the soccer ball bouncing off the pages! This book made me think of times I was disheartened about not being good enough, and how the support of friends and lots of practise can really help. Little Lydia (and real-life Lydia) are absolute soccer superstars, but even they let a goal into the net every now and again, and that’s all part of learning and improving.

Goal!!! is a wonderful picture book for readers aged 5+ that explores the joy and friendships to be found in sport, written by a genuine superstar of international soccer

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Joyous and Triumphant: Sneak Peek of Goal!!! by Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford

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Joyous and Triumphant: Sneak Peek of Goal!!! by Lydia Williams and Lucinda Gifford

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Synopsis

Join Little Lydia and her new friends as they all strive to be their best AND work together as a team. Another wonderful picture book about the joy and friendships to be found in sport, written by a genuine superstar of international sport. Little Lydia moves from the desert to the big city. Leaving her animal friends behind is hard - but before long she's meeting new ones at the zoo. At first she can't keep up with Tiger, Bear and Gibbon - their skills are amazing. But soon Lydia discovers that learning from others is the best way to improve AND have fun. A joyous and triumphant picture book about friendship, sport, and teamwork by Lydia Williams, goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas and for Arsenal in the UK.

Lydia Williams
About the author

Lydia Williams

Lydia Williams is an Indigenous Australian soccer player. She grew up on the red dirt of Western Australia. During her childhood, she travelled with her family to many Aboriginal communities where she learnt how to play sport with bare feet. Her family taught her how to live off the land and the values of Indigenous culture; they even had two pet kangaroos. When her family moved to Canberra, Lydia started playing soccer competitively as a way to make friends. Having played soccer for nearly twenty years, she currently plays for Arsenal in the WSL in England and is the first-choice goalkeeper for the Australian Matildas.

Books by Lydia Williams

Lucinda Gifford
About the author

Lucinda Gifford

Lucinda Gifford was brought up in Scotland and originally intended to become an architect, studying Architecture at Edinburgh and Bath Universities. Lucinda’s love of drawing buildings was cancelled out at the time by an overwhelming disinterest in construction sites and the newly-introduced CAD technology, and so she went on to spend a very enjoyable fifteen years in Auckland, London and Melbourne working in advertising and design. These days, Lucinda lives with her family in Melbourne’s northern suburbs – and works as an illustrator, author-illustrator and graphic designer from her cosy, messy home studio. Lucinda uses pencil, ink, crayon, marker, and watercolour to produce her illustrations, and usually uses PhotoShop to put everything together. When not sketching, designing or developing story ideas, Lucinda enjoys plot twists, beach walks and staring out the windows of Melbourne trams. 
 

Books by Lucinda Gifford

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