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Thursday 12 February 2015

Review: Playing Up (The Kaboom Kid #2)

While Davey is practising with older brother Steve, he is forced to listen to advice on how to improve his game. One thing Steve’s adamant about is that Davey should learn to bowl as well as bat. It’s his obsession with his bat Kaboom that leads Davey to play up in class. Mr Mudge gleefully confiscates it indefinitely.

Davey decides to practise his bowling as Steve suggested until he finds of a way to get Kaboom back. A regional selector is going to watch the boys play. He needs Kaboom back in order to avoid a disaster.

Steve’s team is one man down. Can Davey rise to the occasion, even without Kaboom? He’ll be playing against Mr Perfect, captain of his rival team. With the selector watching, can Davey help the team win by hitting a much needed six?

I’m enjoying this terrific series. Although with a cricket theme, the stories have great messages built into them. They encourage children to believe in their capabilities and challenge themselves in new areas while emphasising the importance of team work. The at times mischievous characters inspire self-confidence. They lead by example, overcome setbacks, and work towards a strong mind as well as a strong body while enjoying themselves.

Title: Playing Up (The Kaboom Kid #2)
Author: David Warner with J.S. Black
Illustrator: Jules Faber
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925030808
For ages: 9+
Type: Junior Fiction