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Book Review/Giveaway: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything.

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship: Winning Isn’t Everything. by Howard Binkow, Susan F. Cornelison (Illustrator)

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This book introduces 4-8 year olds to concepts like respect, camaraderie, teamwork and the pleasure of playing sports and games for the fun of it. The tenth book in the award winning Howard B. Wigglebottom series.

My Review: This book is about Howard B. Wigglebottom who didn’t like to lose and just had to be the best at everything. He was the best at the seed spitting contest, sledgehammer and pie eating contests, the skateboard, pogo stick and many more contests. As far as he is concerns he will do anything to come in first place even if it means cheating. As long as he came in first he was happy. When he came in second he threw a temper tantrum. 

During a soccer game, Howard would hog the ball and wouldn’t be a team player. He went as far as tripping a player on the other team just as he was about to score a goal. He was rude to the coach and other team players so the coach took him out of the game. When Howard saw a parent yelling at the referee and asked to leave he understood how bad he had been behaving and he was embarrassed and ashamed. Howard learnt he didn’t want to be a bad boy or grow up to be like the upset dad. He pleased with the coach to put him back into the game.

He learnt how to be a team player by sharing and accepting that second place is still as good as first place. He learnt to be polite by shaking the hand of the captain of the winning team.

A great book that teaches children about good behavior, teamwork, respect for others, learn how to forgive mistakes and not to cheat. Sportsmanship is learning to be fair and follow the rules while having fun.

Great illustration which helps tells the story.  The last few pages have suggested lessons and reflections on to be the best, team sports and sportsmanship.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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The Winner is #6 – Kelly L


April 24, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. My little daughter would definitely benefit from this book. She will be playing soccer in the fall and it would be great to teach her about the true meaning of team and sportsmanship. Great review, thanks so much for the chance to win this fun book.


    Comment by furygirl3132 | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. I love the review! Even if I don’t win this giveaway I will still buy this book because it is well written and children can relate to winning and losing………I work at school and have seen first hand how children can be devasted when they don’t win. This is a gentle fun lesson

    forgot my contact just in case I do win!

    childrensbook13 at aol dot com

    Comment by artistadonna | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. I am so impressed by this book, for little children…good sportsmanship is a trait to learn as a young child and to understand at an early age!
    I enjoyed the review, thanks.

    Comment by pumpkinlady430 | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. Ha, Howard cracks me up! But really it’s a serious issue. How do you teach little boys in particular that sportsmanship is important? This book looks like it could be an excellent tool. Thanks! Did you need an email? Here’s mine: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx. Thanks again!

    Comment by carlrscott | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. These are such important concepts for children to learn. And the earlier the better! My son is only 2, but I try to teach him the value of respect through our play and reading. This sounds like a great book.

    Comment by marthalynnr | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  6. I love these books and so does my dauhgter! They sound awesome. I love that the last few pages have suggested lessons and reflections. As always thank you for the review.

    Comment by Kelly L | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  7. I love the concept of this book; as my boys are getting older and are more into sports, it would be helpful to use the lessons in this book!

    Comment by lisa | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  8. I love the Howard B Wigglebottom books! I would love to have this for my classroom because kids have such a hard time with sportsmanship. Kids are so focused on winning with their competitive natures. I’d love to be able to use this book in my classroom. 🙂

    Comment by Leanne | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  9. i love books that teach such important lessons- this would be a great addition to my teaching library

    Comment by catherine c | April 24, 2012 | Reply

  10. I think it’s so hard to teach young children it’s okay not to win. One of my grandsons has the biggest issue with not winnoing. He doesn’t throw tantrums but he gets so hurt that he didn’t win. We all try to tell him he doesn’t have to win etc etc. I’ll definitely pick this one up because it teaches the kids such an important lesson.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | April 25, 2012 | Reply

  11. My daughter really needs to learn about being a good sport.

    Comment by jerylt | April 26, 2012 | Reply

  12. I like all the lessons in this book…especially since my kids are starting to get into team sports now 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | May 3, 2012 | Reply

  13. I love the lesson in this book. I think it would even help with family board games and would help my dd understand what sportsmenship is.

    Comment by Larissa brunken | May 7, 2012 | Reply

  14. If the story traches kids about good sportsmanship and kindness to others it should be in all Junior High libraries.

    Comment by Ron Marsh | May 7, 2012 | Reply

  15. How wonderful that the concept of good sportsmanship is being adrdessed in this book. Young children need to learn at an early age that it doesnt matter if you win or lose, but its how you play the game. Having good sportsmanship is vital for children to have and to build a foundation upon.

    Comment by Maryann | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  16. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are important lessons to learn. I’m glad Howard B. Wigglebottom was able to learn them from someone else’s misbehavior.

    Comment by likwan | May 12, 2012 | Reply

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