Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Diary of a Soccer Star. Here's a book in the same series. Diary of a Cricket God was written by Shamini Flint, illustrated by Sally Heinrich, and published by Allen and Unwin, 2012. It's RRP in Australia is $9.99.
Marcus is a Maths whiz who is not good at sport. His dad is a self-help author who thinks Marcus can achieve anything he sets his mind to...with hilarious results. In illustrated diary format, Marcus's gentle, satiric humour and comic drawings will have readers laughing out loud while learning a surprising amount about cricket.
Poor Marcus has problems again, so much so that even his dog feels sorry for him. Dad thinks he has a future in Sport and wants him to play cricket. Marcus cannot understand why anyone would want to play with a ball that's more like a round brick.
"Isn't a cricket some sort of insect? I'm stumped why anyone would want to play this stupid game!"
Delightful cartoon-style sketches from Heinrich will again have kids in giggles. Flint manages to slip quite a lot of real cricket information into Marcus's hilarious trials too. If you have children 7-11 years who play cricket, or love to watch it, or know children who want an easy-to-read chapter book, why not steer them towards Diary of a Cricket God?
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