by Peter Millett
Illustrations by Jenny Cooper; sung by Jay Laga’aia (and that is a huge bonus!)
It’s just what I have been waiting for: a real boys’ book!
I can just imagine a dad and his son/sons crowding him out on the sofa or veranda step as they read, listen and sing along to this book together.
It’s the first audio book combo I have experienced, and if others are like this it certainly won’t be the last!
The rhythm is catchy, the pictures inviting and gripping, the words conjuring up days in the dust and hot sun, the mud and miserable rain, on a typical Saturday.
Happy spectator participation, and even though there are the inevitable highs and lows there is no sign of aggression or fist-waving. The two teams play, the yellows and the blacks, as we always hope they will, in the spirit of the game. And their expressions are delightful!
Just page after page turning of thundering great fun.
I can hear the roars and grunts, and even the smells, and it makes me laugh out loud with each page turned.
This is not a book where the artwork has been skimped on. No, the art work is of the highest standard and in keeping with the story.
It doesn’t matter what place a kid’s dad plays in this story, or on what side, or for what country, his dad is the hero.
A fantastic read from start to finish.
Author: Peter Millett. Illustrator: Jenny Cooper; Vocalist: Jay Laga’aia
Publisher: Scholastic NZ
RRP: $19.99 paperback and CD