As reported in The Bookseller today, Firefly have acquired world rights for Robin Bennett‘s Stupendous Sports series for 7-11 year olds, which kicks off with Rampaging Rugby in August 2021, followed by Cool Cricket and Fabulous Football. Each chapter will include cartoons, special player tips, irreverent explanations, fascinating facts and funny stories, and will be illustrated by Matt Cherry.

Rampaging Rugby will publish in time for the Bicentenary of Rugby in 2023 with the forward and pro tips by Conrad Smith, ex All Black and double World Cup winner.

‘The central aim of the Stupendous Sports series is to teach kids about the sport but with a light touch and just as much about the spirit of the game as the rules. My hope is that the series does for PE what Horrible Histories did for Year 7 History with Mr Simkin.’

Robin Bennett

Did you know…?

  • Rugby started when Webb Ellis picked up a football during a game and ran with it? (He cheated, basically)
  • Basketball was created by a rugby coach who wanted an indoor sport to keep his players fit off-season
  • Rugby is played in 119 countries and has over 400 million fans

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