Picco Puppy Loves Soccer

Based on the true story of a little boy who triumphed over adversity to play in a local soccer team with his friends.

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/17/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer is a children’s picture book written by Michael Wong and illustrated by Arkhan Studio. This book is based on the true and inspirational story of a boy who overcame his challenges and finally succeeded in scoring a goal -- in the sixteenth game of the season. Picco Puppy was excited to be playing soccer with his friends at the park, but he’d never played before. When everyone starts running after the ball, Picco just stands there. His mom suggests that he try running like the other kids, but Picco runs slowly and gets tired easily. Will he ever be able to play like the rest of them?

Michael Wong’s inspirational picture book for children, Picco Puppy Loves Soccer, charts the progress Picco makes as he strives to run, kick and score a goal. Some kids are naturally gifted at sports; others have to work a bit harder. Wong’s story tells kids that it’s okay to not be the best right away. The key is to keep on trying to do your best, and Picco does just that. He doesn’t get discouraged and keeps on trying. The result? He becomes a champion! Wong’s story will resonate with many kids, even those who run fast and are strong without effort. Everyone has something they struggle with. Arkhan Studio’s illustrations are brightly colored and cheerful, and they work perfectly with this upbeat and motivational story. Don’t forget to try the math puzzle at the end of the story and visit the link provided for coloring opportunities. Picco Puppy Loves Soccer is most highly recommended.

Samantha Coville

Picco Puppy is playing soccer with his friends including Tiggi Tiger, Koko Koala, and a collection of others. It's a beautiful sunny day to try a new sport, but Picco finds he's not immediately good at the activity. He's having trouble running, dribbling, and kicking the ball. This makes him feel down and disappointed, but he's about to learn an important lesson. People in his life continue to remind him that he can't give up and he needs to keep trying and he does just that. And the result? With enough hard work, he finally scores a goal! Michael Wong shares this sweet story based on a real-life event in his picture book Picco Puppy Loves Soccer.

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer is a very simple and easy to understand tale that young children are sure to enjoy. It's a picture book with bright, colorful pictures of Picco Puppy, his family, and his friends. These illustrations are full of motion as Picco plays soccer and continuously tries to get better at the sport. This is a valuable lesson you'll want to share with children. At their age, they'll be trying new hobbies and new skills all the time and it is to be expected that they won't be perfect at all of them right off the bat. This can be dismaying for eager and excited young kids. Seeing Picco learn to never give up will be helpful in giving them a strong work ethic. This would be a perfect gift for your children, grandchildren, or to donate to kindergarten classrooms. You can even go to the Picco Puppy website made by author Michael Wong and download coloring pages!

Lesley Jones

In Picco Puppy Loves Soccer by Michael Wong, Picco has one dream but it seems an impossible task. He tries every week to score a goal for his local soccer team. To achieve his ambition, Picco has to become a faster runner and better at dribbling and kicking the ball. Every week he is disappointed that he doesn't manage to score a goal. Picco feels like a failure. But with the encouragement of his friends and parents, they help Picco understand that because he is trying his best every week, he is getting closer to succeeding. Picco then realizes that practice does make perfect. One day Picco is playing soccer, and what happens next amazes everyone.

The subject matter of this delightful book is very well written and has such an underlying powerful and positive message. I love the plot where a little puppy has a dream and will not give up until he achieves his goal. I also thought the support he gains every week from his parents and friends is simply brilliant. I think children would gain so much inspiration from this book and there are so many possibilities throughout for children and parents/teachers to have a discussion about the importance of following your dreams in life. The illustrations were simple but really effective and again there were discussion possibilities there too. The female characters were perfect as they played soccer but didn't lose their femininity. This book is going to give small children so much confidence to keep persevering and to never give up at the first hurdle. The printable option at the end of the book is such a great addition. Perfect.