Simon & Schuster Australia
Published: 1st December, 2014
Age: 8 – 11 years
Reviewed by Debbie Berger
Davey and his friends are placed on detention, again, by their cricket-hating teacher. This is a disaster for them as they are in desperate need to practice for their upcoming cricket game against their local rivals, Shimmer Bay. The boys need to come up with a solution to enable them to practice whilst still completing their detention.
Author David Warner is one of Australia’s most popular cricketers and was the leading run scorer against England last summer. The Big Switch, which is the first in The Kaboom Kid series, is told through the eyes of 11 year old Davey Warner. It takes us on the mischievous adventures of Davey and his cricket mad Year 6 friends. The chapters are short and easy to read and there are illustrations interspersed throughout the book that are appealing to the reader. The story has real Aussie feel to it, with slang that brought back memories of growing up playing backyard cricket in the summer.
You don’t need to know too much about cricket to follow the story but for cricket lovers it is a perfect story that will keep you reading, wanting to know how the story will end (and in case you are curious, Kaboom is the name of Davey’s cricket bat).