A Game for Everyone: Read Our Review of Cricket, I Just Love It! by Alister Nicholson, illustrated by Tom Jellett

A Game for Everyone: Read Our Review of Cricket, I Just Love It! by Alister Nicholson, illustrated by Tom Jellett

Cricket, I just love it! It really is the best. Batting, bowling, fielding, Twenty20 or a test.

For any kid who’s ever hit a six over the back fence or dreamed of making a century at the MCG, Cricket, I Just Love It! is a love song to Australia’s most iconic summer sport for readers aged 4+.

From classic catches to backyard matches, this picture book is a joyful and heartfelt celebration of all things cricket, written by Alister Nicholson.

Nicholson is one of Australia’s best-known radio and TV sports commentators. He’s a leading voice on ABC Sport’s AFL and cricket coverage and has commentated many of the biggest sporting events in Australia and overseas. Nicholson’s expertise and genuine love for this Aussie summer sport makes him the perfect author for this book.

Admittedly, cricket isn’t my area of expertise, but this picture book has given me a newfound appreciation for the sport. Cricket, I Just Love It! emphasises that this is a sport for anyone: girls and boys, young and old, big and small. Nicholson shows this by giving each character/player a chance to voice why they love cricket, demonstrating teamwork and inclusivity.

Tom Jellett has illustrated a number of books for children including My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein, and Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner. In Cricket, I Just Love It! Jellett illustrates iconic Australian settings such as a school playground, lush cricket fields, a home backyard, and a sandy beach. Paired with Nicholson’s storytelling, Jellett emphasises the book’s message that cricket can be played by anyone, anywhere.

Inclusivity is at the forefront of this book. Like myself, you can be the ultimate cricket newbie but you won’t skip a beat while reading this book. At the beginning of the book, there’s a glossary of cricket terms with easy-to-understand explanations. Throughout, there’s a cricket team on the field with each of their positions stated. And once you’ve read the sporty story, there are some fun cricket facts to end the book.

Cricket, I Just Love It! has taught me about cricket in a fun and digestible way. Since reading the book, I’ve gone outside to bowl and bat in my backyard, and I can attest: it really is a game for everyone.

Buy a copy of Cricket, I Just Love It! here.

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Publisher details

Cricket, I Just Love It!
Authors
Alister Nicholson, Tom Jellett
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
02 November, 2021
ISBN
9781760526801

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 4+.

From classic catches to backyard matches, this is a joyful and heartfelt celebration of all things cricket, written by a much-loved ABC sports broadcaster.

Cricket, I just love it! It really is the best. Batting, bowling, fielding, Twenty20 or a test. I watch it or I listen and of course I always play. Cricket is my favourite part of every single day.

For any kid who's ever hit a six over the back fence or dreamed of making a century at the MCG, here is a love song to Australia's most iconic summer sport.
Alister Nicholson
About the author

Alister Nicholson

Alister Nicholson is one of Australia's best-known radio and TV sports commentators. He is a leading voice on ABC Sport's AFL and cricket coverage and has commentated many of the biggest sporting events in Australia and overseas, including AFL grand finals, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and Test cricket. Alister grew up in Penguin on the north-west coast of Tasmania, where he dreamed about one day becoming a sports broadcaster. He now lives in Melbourne with his young family.

Books by Alister Nicholson

Tom Jellett
About the author

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph.He has also illustrated a number of books for children, including Australia at The Beach by Max Fatchen, The Littlest Pirate series by Sherryl Clark for Penguin Books, The Gobbledygook is Eating A Book by Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein and the follow up My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny for Walker Books.Tom has also been included in the Editorial and Book category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York in 2011 and 2013. He was also included in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2012, 3×3 Children’s Show No. 9, and was also Highly Commended in the 2013 Illustrators Australia Awards.

Books by Tom Jellett

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