Review: Official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia books

The FIFA World Cup kicks off in just over a month, so it’s time for self-respecting fans to swot up. Thanks to the people at Carlton, we’ve got all the information we need ahead of the tournament. They sent us a bundle of their Official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia books to read through. Here’s what each title has to offer.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Activity and Colouring Book.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Activity and Colouring Book

Aimed at children aged five and up, this activity book is a nice introduction to the World Cup. As well as games including a word search, maze and, of course, spot the ball, it has over 150 stickers. It’s a slim volume, but more than enough to pique the interest of new fans without overwhelming them and the activities should keep them busy for a while too!

RRP: £4.99

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Kids' Handbook.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Kids’ Handbook

This will be the first World Cup that my older two kids will be truly aware of so this handbook for children aged six and up will definitely be of interest to them. It’s full of facts, player profiles and games. Also included is a complete schedule to fill in and a sheet full of stickers to use throughout the book.

RRP: £6.99

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Fact File.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Fact File

I was such a little Statto as a kid. Okay, who am I kidding? I still am. My older two children definitely take after me – sorry lads – so they’ll enjoy this fact file too. Aimed at kids aged eight and up, it’s rammed with facts about everything from players and teams to stadia and how the tournament works. It also includes a fill-in schedule as well as some games to enjoy.

RRP: £8.99

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia The Official Book.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia The Official Book

And finally, something for the bigger kids among us. This official guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup includes everything you need to know as well as in-depth analysis of the teams and star players. There are also qualifying results and tables as well as a comprehensive records section. I’m going to enjoy reading this – if the kids don’t ‘borrow’ it first!

RRP: £12.99

I think this is a great selection of books with something for football fans of all ages. I’m pleased to report that I have two bundles of these books to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can use as many of the entry methods as you like. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received the featured 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia books to review and keep.

  • Wise Ways
    May 1, 2018

    None as I can’t stand football! but I have a relative who loves it & this would be for them

  • Tracy Newton
    May 1, 2018


  • Tracy Nixon
    May 1, 2018

    England – I have faith!

  • James
    May 1, 2018

    This brings back the memories. I remember filling in the teams using the pullout sheet and monitoring their journeys through the tournament. Well, at least until the quarters, at which point I lost interest, or maybe England made that decision for me. Can’t wait to get my daughter into all this (whether she likes it or not). Reminds me that I need to get her a strip!

  • Michelle Cheeseman
    May 1, 2018

    I would love it to be England but think Brazil is more likely.

  • Ray Dodds
    May 2, 2018


  • Tony Metcalfe
    May 2, 2018


  • Kim Styles
    May 2, 2018


  • Lorna Ledger
    May 2, 2018

    I think Germany stands a chance

  • Ruth Harwood
    May 3, 2018

    Germany or Argentina – I really can’t decide!!

  • Laura Pritchard
    May 3, 2018

    Probably Germany

  • Kim Carberry
    May 3, 2018


  • Rachael Sexey
    May 5, 2018


  • Emma C
    May 6, 2018


  • janine atkin
    May 7, 2018


  • amanda w
    May 11, 2018

    id love to say England and it come true but to be honest im at a loss this year as to who to back!

  • Jane Brown
    May 11, 2018

    England of course. I don’t follow footie but have 2 in the family who will be glued to it.

  • Carole Nott
    May 12, 2018

    I would love to see England go all the way

  • mainy
    May 12, 2018

    England but Peru could also do well


  • Susan B
    May 13, 2018

    I am have absolutely no idea but it won’t be England.

  • sheri Darby
    May 13, 2018

    England – In my dreams

  • paula cheadle
    May 13, 2018

    hoping for England, but I think it will be Brazil

  • Theresa Thomas
    May 13, 2018

    I am hoping England pull it out the bag

  • Kim Neville
    May 13, 2018

    Would be nice for England otherwise Italy 🙂

  • Michelle Ferguson
    May 14, 2018

    I think Germany will win

  • Samantha Bolter
    May 14, 2018

    I think Brazil will win 🙂

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    May 14, 2018

    Brazil I think!

  • Janine H
    May 14, 2018

    Eng-ger-land of course

  • Linda Ford
    May 14, 2018

    Germany! But it would be cool if it was England!

  • gaynor Vincent
    May 14, 2018

    Russia – home advantage

  • Lucie Aiston
    May 14, 2018

    Portugal I think. If not probably Germany. One day England might win it again.

  • Miss Tracy Hanson
    May 14, 2018

    Spain for me. Reminds me of the World Cup in 2010 when I put a £1 bet on Spain and £1 bet on Holland. The man behind the counter laughed at me, being a woman he probably thought I hadn’t a clue about football, changed his tune when I went in to collect my winnings! Especially when I went in in my Real Madrid shirt – huge Sergio Ramos fan.

  • Kerryn Johnson
    May 14, 2018


  • Natalie Crossan
    May 14, 2018

    Would be great if England could pull it out the bag!

  • Aimee Leedham
    May 14, 2018

    ENGLAND!!!! ♥

  • Tammy Neal
    May 14, 2018

    England x

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