Shine on Butterfinger by Bob Cattell, John Agard


Shine on Butterfinger by Bob Cattell, John Agard

Calypso and cricket come together in the Island's Carnival week and Riccardo Small is torn between his two loves. He has been chosen to sing in the Calypso Monarch Final, competing with the best singers on the Island. But his team mates at Calypso Cricket Club are playing the most important game in their history on the same day. Amidst the Carnival pan bands, the masqueraders and the stick-fighters Riccardo discovers why the singing competition is called 'Calypso War'. It's tough going on the cricket field too - with injuries, fires and disappearing players producing more than enough puzzles for captain Bashy to solve...


Cattell and Agard's sequel to Butter-Finger is great fun, bringing the world of the Caribbean, its language, music, sport, friendship and rivalry, to vibrant life. The central theme of perseverance and triumph in the face of fear and adversity is explored both on the cricket field and the music platform. The novel is short and accessibly written; its tone consistently optimistic and warm-hearted, full of loyalty, friendship and encouragement. At the same time, the book is a celebration of the power of words. Agard interweaves the action with a panoply of Caribbean songs and rhymes, showing how verse can be used to revel in life, cricket and human diversity. Glorious delight in words! Great fun! School Librarian

About the Author

Bob Cattell has been a cricket fan all his life. His first heroes as a boy were Fred Truman of Yorkshire and Ken Barrington (Surrey), followed later by John Snow (Sussex) and Alan Knott (Kent).

He has always supported Yorkshire (Cambridgeshire, where he comes from, doesn't have a county side) and today he is a big fan of Darren Gough and Michael Vaughan.

Bob is a left-arm spin bowler, playing for Reigate Pilgrims C.C. in south London. He can get quite obsessive about cricket when England are playing and always turns to the cricket reports first when he reads a newspaper. Other sporting interests include playing real tennis, walking in high mountains and watching football and rugby. He has also written football books for children with a friend, David Ross. The series is called 'Strikers'.

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144 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

1st March 2007



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