The Kaboom Kid - Home & Away by David Warner & J.S. Black
Published by Simon & Schuster
They say it’s harder to interest boys in reading that it is girls. Well, dare I say, this book (this series)—in the hands of certain young lads might prove that theory wrong. Particularly if they’re cricket fans.
I’m definitely no such fan but even so, picked up familiar names and references to the game throughout the book (HOWZAT!). Everything about this story is typically cricket and the banter between friends is great fun. This is an enjoyable read for all those who love cricket—and even for those of us who just break for tea!
The Kaboom Kid is a six book series by cricketer, David Warner, about his boyhood adventures with his friends—who, like him, live to play cricket. Not forgetting, Max, his trusty side-kick.
Home & Away, the sixth book in the series is about an away game trip. Things go from bad to worse. At the last minute, the favourite teacher is unable to accompany the team on the trip and is replaced by the least favourite teacher. The bus breaks down, the accommodation falls through, there’s an injury and many other predicaments along the way.
Davey’s team, the Sandhill Sluggers, their ‘responsible adult’, the bully and boohoo-er, the cheer-leaders and the dog need to pull together to not only turn things around, but to get them on a basic track! It doesn’t appear they can. This team need to realise – It’s just not cricket – it’s about working as a team, supporting each other and doing the best you can – and sometimes, a little bit more. The overall message of this story is about what makes a winning team, regardless of whether the actual game is won or not.
This comes across as straight-forward as any message from the coach would.
CKT Book Reviewer
Authors: David Warner & J.S. Black
Illustrator: Jules Faber
Title: The Kaboom Kid - Home & Away
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: November 2015