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Bob Cattell and John Agard
Frances Lincoln
Mar 2006
�Calypsos are about serious things, they about funny things, but they are always bursting with life.�

Familiar to many as the author of the �Glory Gardens� series, cricket writer extraordinaire Bob Cattell is teamed with poetsonian* John Agard in �Butter-Finger�, the fourth book in Frances Lincoln�s new fiction list for 8 to 12 year olds.

Riccardo Small � diminutive in name, stature and the regard he is held within by Calpyso Cricket Club � has big dreams of playing with and winning alongside his team. Things do not go according to plan, however, when Riccardo is afforded the opportunity to play for the team and he misses a catch. This is compounded still further when the band strike up with a new calypso called �Butter Finger�.

This short book sensitively illustrates just how crushing defeat and petty name-calling can be for young children. It also carefully outlines team-work and the roles all individuals are able to play in contributing towards this. Sometimes serious, sometime satirical but always life affirming. A brilliant blend of poetry and prose that begs to be read aloud!

* According to John Agard, a poetsonian is a poet who feels a close connection with Caribbean calypsonians

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