Kick It, Mo! (Mo Jackson #4)

by David A Adler (Author) Sam Ricks (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Mo Jackson
Mo may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest soccer player, but he won't let that stop him from playing! The Geisel Award Winning series from David Adler is now in Step into Reading! Soccer season is starting, and Mo has been working hard on his kicking skills so he can help his team, the Billy Goats, score a goal. But when he gets on the field on game day, it seems like all he gets to do is run back and forth. Will Mo ever get the chance to show his team what he can do? Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—In this soccer-themed installment, the sports-loving Mo Jackson is practicing his kicks. He kicks his desk; he kicks the bed; he kicks the pillow into the bookshelf in the hall, knocking books off the shelf, much to his mother's chagrin. Mo's parents take him outside to help him practice, but Mo's enthusiastic kicks are all too high. When he gets to the soccer game against the Pups, Mo's smaller stature means he gets tired chasing the ball more quickly than his teammates. But when the Pups' goalie throws the soccer ball back toward Mo, he gives a mighty kick, mostly missing the ball, but keeping it on the ground and making the winning goal. There is plenty of action in this friendly sports-themed easy reader. A large font and lots of word repetition combined with cheerful and expressive depictions of the characters, particularly Moe and his diverse team, make for a very accessible reader. VERDICT Another winning title in the popular series.—Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR

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Praise for Kick It, Mo!:

Another winning title in the popular series. —School Library Journal

Simple in its storytelling, strong in its diversity, this is an entertaining as well as enlightening read. —Kirkus Reviews

The youngest, smallest kid on each team, Mo works hard to learn and improve his skills. Who could begrudge this unlikely sports hero the good luck that comes his way in each book? Not a kid who's working hard to master a similarlycomplex, difficult challenge: learning to read. —Booklist
David A Adler
David A. Adler is the author of more than two hundred children's books, including two Level 3 easy-to-read series, Young Cam Jansen and Bones. Visit David at

Sam Ricks is a children's books illustrator and lead graphic design faculty at the Art Institute of Salt Lake City. Visit him at
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Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2021
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