January 26th, 2012
EPL Reading Stars: Several Players Booked
Oh Niko. You tousled literary conundrum, you. Images via premierleague.com.
EPL footballers are currently involved in a scheme intended to improve literacy levels and encourage people in the UK to read more books.
Please. It’s not that funny.
It’s actually pretty cool. Each EPL club nominates a player as their representative on the scheme and that player then selects his favourite books (one children’s book, one grown-up book) and they are added to a list of recommendations. You can watch videos of each club’s ‘Reading Star’ talking about their choices here.
While we mostly loved the selections in the kid’s books section (you’re not going to find anyone around here moaning about too many Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton or Gruffalo appearances), we feel a little like we need to share the following thoughts with you:
- Our comments moderator says that reading Dan Brown does not make you an intellectual.
- She also thinks that the heavy Harry Potter representin’ is a ruse and that the players claiming to have read the books have just watched the movies instead. She’s very cynical, isn’t she?
- Niko Kranjcar chose Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ as his grown-up book. We adore him even more now.
- Joey Barton is as scary off the pitch as he is on it.
Would you be prepared to let Niko Kranjcar, Theo Walcott and their friends into your room for a little light reading, Kickettes?