Bad United: Just For Kicks

Bad United: Just For Kicks

By Author / Illustrator

Louise Forshaw


Comics & Graphic Novels

Age range(s)



Little Tiger




Paperback / softback




All Hoof the Unicorn wants to do is be part of a football team but his club never appreciated his talents and kicked him out. Then he spots an advert for BAD UNITED and he feels a tingling in his hooves. A chance to be part of a team again! A chance to play the game he loves! And a chance to show off his skills...

Hoof is thrilled to find his new teammates are more than up for the challenge. Led by enthusiastic mermaid coach Serena Winmer, the team consists of: Bones, their skeleton captain who sometimes struggles to keep her head; Rex, the ROARsome dinosaur defender; cheetah striker Bolt brings the thunder; Tinkerball dazzles with her magic fairy moves and Annette guards the goal with her life (and eight spider legs). All deemed "not good enough" to play for their teams (who decides what's "good" anyway?!), BAD UNITED combine strength, skill, speed and stench to show everyone what they've got...

Find out more from author Louise Forshaw, and check out our Q&A with the author:

The first book in a super and silly graphic novel series, perfect for fans of The Bad Guys and The Nothing to See Here Hotel.   "This funny, text-light story has an uplifting message about inclusivity and how loving a sport is more important than being the best" - The Bookseller



Bad United: Just For Kicks, Lousie Forshaw's newest creation, is packed full of silliness and fun, making it a page-turner for early readers. The carefully planned illustrations ensure that the story is easy to follow with enough text to ensure that the reader can fully appreciate the action packed scenes. Short chapters make the young reader feel more mature and enable them to keep momentum as they read this wonderful book, giving key markers and milestones.

In this book, Louise has combined; football, unicorns, dinosaurs and other animals allowing it to appeal to a wide variety of readers. The uplifting message about inclusivity and how loving a sport is more important than being the best is one which will leave every reader with a smile.

In my opinion this is a must have for any book corner or school library. It is a clear choice to inspire a love of reading for any young or reluctant reader.

96 pages / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


Bad United: Just for Kicks is the first book in a super and silly graphic novel series by Louise Forshaw. Hoof is the football-loving unicorn who can't seem to get enough of his beloved game. The only problem is that his team doesn't seem to think that he is any good. So, when Hoof spots an advert for a new team called Bad United, he can't wait to sign up.

Bad United has an assortment of players each with their own strengths and skills and all they need to do is learn how to work together and play the best football that they can to prove that they belong in the league. But, this is not always easy!

The story line in this book shows how perseverance is hard work but has a satisfying result. It also highlights that working with each other's strengths and skills is an important part of teamwork The graphic novel illustrates the storyline well and it is easy to follow. Children will love reading about the game progresses and how the story brings the players together.

96 pages / Reviewed by Hayley Summerfield, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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