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By: David Warner and JS Black
Illustrated By: Jules Faber
The Kaboom Kid bk 2
Davey Warner is never very far away from his favourite piece of cricket equipment, Kaboom – his cricket bat. When he is batting with Kaboom he feels that nothing on the cricket pitch can beat him. This becomes a very big problem when he misbehaves in class and has his bat confiscated. Mr Mudge is not in any mood to return the cat, apology or no, Davey needs to learn his lesson. This situations becomes even more horrible when Davey finds out a selector is coming to watch his team train. How is Davey going to manage without Kaboom? And just how far will he go to get his bat back, especially when he gets asked to play with the older team?
This is the second book in this series and is really good for cricket lovers, filled as it is with cricket references and action. Davey seems fairly one dimensional, cricket being his everything and so I’m not sure how that will hold up as a series, having said that though, these books have a very clear target audience and if you fit into that category I’m sure there will be plenty of crocheting adventures to keep you interested.
The format of the book is such that it is an easy read. The paragraphs are short, and there is a lot of white space on each page, separating the text and giving it a less overwhelming appearance. There are also simple line illustrations scattered throughout.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLISHED: 1st Dec 2014
FORMAT: Paperback, 170 pages
KEY WORDS: Cricket, Sport
I was sent this by the publisher
By: David Warner & JV McGee
Illustrated by: Jules Faber
The Kaboom Kid bk 1
Young Dave Warner is obsessed with cricket. Whenever he has a spare moment he is thinking about or playing cricket. He even dreams about his favourite game. This is all well and good until he finds out his teacher for the new year of school is Mr Mudge and they all know Mr Mudge hates cricket. This is not looking like a good start to things, especially with such an important match coming up. Things get worse though when it turns out Mo Clouter is also in Davey’s class. Mo doesn’t like cricket either and thinks it is funny to always get Davey into trouble. Davey is determined to make the best of things though, working all he can on a new move for the big game. Then Davey and his friends get a whole stack of detention and it doesn’t look as though there is ever going to be any time to work on his secret weapon. Will Davey find a way to perfect the move before they have to play?
This is the first in a series introducing a young David Warner, (funnily enough the name of the co-author who currently plays cricket for Australia). Davey has only one interest, cricket, so if you have a cricket mad kid whom you would like to get reading then look no further. Lots of cricket references, the whole plot revolves around getting to play more cricket and working on a special cricket move. Everything is pretty relatable as it could be any kid in any school in Australia.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLISHED: 1 December 2014
FORMAT: Paperback 160 pages
KEY WORDS: Sport, Cricket
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By: John Marsden
Tarrawagga is a hole. It simply is not a place anyone, with any choice in the matter, would move to. Yet this is where Josh finds himself. He is not happy with the turn his life has taken, and he isn’t all that interested in getting involved and making friends like his parents want. Somehow, without really meaning to, he becomes someone he barely knows. He doesn’t get involved in sport and works at being unpopular. His athletic prowess catches up to him and he starts playing cricket for a team that isn’t his school and this proves to be his downfall, because in a place as small as Tarrawagga secrets don’t stay that way for long.
Then there is the house next door. At first he thought no one lived there. Then he meets the kid from over there. Then bullets start flying. This sort of excitement is totally not what Josh expected from a dump like this place.
This comes across as a real slice of life kind of book. The town is totally believable to me (maybe because I’ve lived there only it was called something different, in fact I’ve lived in several theres). Josh is as real as they get, the heartbreak of leaving a life you know and are comfortable with, the difficulty of starting a new school, the suckiness of not being popular at school. The simplicity of Josh’s life is what makes the whole thing so very tangible. This story is at times funny, frustrating and enthralling, in short it is life. Marsden shows a masterful touch in bringing Josh off the page. His family, friends and even the town add a texture that you can so easily visualise. Life can throw you poop sometimes and really it’s all about what you do with it.
Publisher: Pan Australia
Published: 01 December 2013
Format: Paperback 180 pages
Categories: Life, School, Moving
ISBN 13: 9781742613352
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By: Christine Bongers & Dan McGuiness
Jack and his best mate Eric have a goal each for this years cross-contry race. Jack wants to beat Rocket Robson and Eric just wants to finish. Together they train with their goals in mind. The day of the big race dawns and it all doesn’t go according to plan but Jack learns that winning isn’t always about coming first.
This is a fun little story great for readers just starting on chapter books. It is part of the Aussie Mates reading schemes series. It has simple text, a fun plot that any reader can identify with and colourful illustrations on each page.
Publisher: Omnibus Books
Published: 01 February 2013
Format: Paperback 64 pages
Categories: Fiction, Sport
ISBN 13: 9781862919822
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By: Sally Rippin
Hey Jack! bk 3
It is Jack’s first day at soccer, he is really excited. Jack really wants to kick a goal, it is what he is most looking forward to. He is disappointed when the coach makes him the goalie. Goalies don’t get to kick goals and as far as Jack can see there is no glory in goalkeeping. It is an important position though and Jack finds out just how much.
This book deals with disappointment and opportunity. Good things to learn and discuss with your children. This is a fun, identifiable and easy to read story. It is a perfect format, limited text and large print, for beginning readers.
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Published: 01 February 2012
Format: Paperback 60 pages
Categories: Friends, Sport, Fun
ISBN 13: 9781742971285
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