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Cricket is My Game by Jason Cole



I did promise that today I was going to share not one but two books with you. While visiting the beautiful island of Barbados, on my last day there we also visited the airport souvenir shop. While I normally pick out toys and tees (btw I did get an amazing tee), mommy and I decided that I was going to get not one, but two amazing books. The first I reviewed for you earlier today and of course this one Cricket is My Game by Jason Cole. Luckily for both of us I was able to find this adorable book online at a Barbados website which I just shared with you. The book link will take you there if you're interested in getting a copy for yourself, although I'm not sure if they do ship internationally. Now back to our book. Cricket is a sport played by almost every West Indian child and mommy said that she even remembered playing the game when she was younger. My big brother Kyle spent an entire year in St. Vincent and the Grenadines when he was younger so he got to play too. I'm so jealous!



Now there is no easy way for me to explain the game of cricket to you and this is where this book comes in. Think of cricket as a different type of baseball. While both are played with a bat and a ball, cricket is played with a flat bat and a much harder ball, usually red but can sometimes be when the game is played at night. The game is played not only in the West Indies but in England, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and other parts of the world. American just hasn't gotten with the program as yet.


Now Cricket is my game is told by Rosie a Barbadian native who loves playing the game with her friends which she introduces as her team. Her team consists of 11 friends that all attend her school. And of course each friend has his/her strength. Now if you had no idea that the game was played with 11 people per team, you now do. Beautiful illustrations and rhyming paragraphs it will keep your little one entertained while you read.


Here's an excerpt from the book:

Ronald's the leaders, he captains the team.
He's clever and fair and never is mean.
His batting's tremendous, his bowling's not bad.
A terrific all-rounder, a talented lad.


The book is perfect for anyone trying to understand the game of cricket. It is told in a hilarious way that would have you laughing at some of the players such as the twins. Kind of reminds me of my brothers. In the back of the book there is even a more in-depth description of how the game is played.


Once again the illustrations are beautiful and even though you may not understand the game, after reading the book it will want you wishing that you did know how to play. Might even have you thinking of getting a cricket bat and ball and starting your own team just so you can have some fun.


While I was in St. Vincent and the Grenadines we drove by a cricket match that was just finishing. While I didn't get to see the game but I could tell that they had fun and maybe on my next trip I'll get to see them in action. This book is great addition to your library and if you're ever in Barbados I would suggest picking up a copy. At only $11USD or $22BDS it's a steal!

Annmarie John
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  1. I have never seen a cricket game and what a great opportunity to see one up close. I wonder if it will have an emergence in the states.

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    1. That would be great if it does come to the US. I would watch it and so would my mom I'm sure.

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  2. I would even be interested in reading this. I've heard of cricket, but never knew how it was played.

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    1. Oh the game is interesting to be sure and a lot of fun according to mommy.

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  3. You know I have never played or watched Cricket being played, but still sounds like a great book to teach kids at a younger age!! :)

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    1. You may be able to watch a few matches on YouTube where you can see how its done. It would be nice to have a US team though.

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  4. This is such a cool book, I love cricket even more so when my favourite plays hits and century just the best. Yes us the british claim to be the best even when we sometimes get hammed big time

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    1. Hahaha Miranda. I know mommy says the West Indies are the best but then again I think every country thinks they're the best.

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  5. The illustrations in this book are absolutely adorable! I don't know anything about Cricket, so it's nice that the book explains it for kids!

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    1. I don't think much American's know about the game. It's something that is mostly British. Hopefully the US can introduce it one day.

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  6. Adding this book to my babe's reading list. She's only 2 but I love buying books that have characters that look like her in it.

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    1. I hope your'e able to order it since it's not sold here in the US but in Barbados.

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  7. This is a cute book. I love the bright color of the illustrations. I son't think i've ever seen a live cricket game but have seen a few on TV.

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    1. That's awesome Becca. Not much Americans have seen the game before.

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  8. I just love the idea of books that empower little girls. So cute!

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    1. I'm not so sure about empowering little girls but Rosie does have a great time playing the game.

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  9. My son would love this book. I'll have to get him a copy!

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    1. I hope you're able to order a copy from Barbados where it's sold since it's not available here in the US.

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  10. I've never had any idea how Cricket is played. Thanks for enlightening me! Sounds like a fun book, too.

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    1. I do realize not much Americans know about the game so it was great sharing it with you today.

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  11. This looks like such a cute book and a fun way to understand the game of cricket too!

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    1. It really is a great way to understand the game and illustrations are so adorable.

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  12. I love the illustrations. I love books that teach useful lessons!

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    1. The illustrations surely are beautiful and the book mostly teaches about the game.

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  13. What a neat book! My daughter would love learning about Cricket in this book.

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    1. I really think that she would enjoy it... it's a great book to teach kids about the wonderful game of Cricket.

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  14. This looks like a great book. I think this would be a excellent book to teach kids about Cricket.. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. That is true Jamie and I'm happy I was able to get a copy and to share it with you as well.

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  15. this looks like a fun book! Thanks for sharing. I love adding new books into the library for when my nieces visit.

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    1. Well I hope if you're getting one that you really can since it's only available on the island of Barbados. I'm not sure if they ship internationally.

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  16. What great illustrations! I'm a volunteer reader with United Way and I think the kids would love a book like this!!

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    1. I think any kid would love this book. How awesome that you volunteer read. That must be a lot of fun.

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  17. My son has been asking us about this sport. I might get him the book so he would have an idea how it is.

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    1. I hope you're able to pick up a copy because it's a great book.

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  18. What a neat book.I could learn more myself.

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    1. Well you can also find out about the game by looking at YouTube videos if you're not able to get a copy of the book.

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  19. What a great book and great way to introduce a sport that's such a part of a country's culture. Would love to visit Barbados.

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    1. Barbados is beautiful and it is a great way to introduce a sport that American's are not familiar with.

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  20. That looks awesome! Would love to share cricket with my daughter one day!

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    1. That would be awesome and I hope she likes it if you do.

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  21. It looks like such a cool and beautiful book.

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    1. It is a cool and beautiful book. At least I think so.

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  22. Madison, I love that you have a book from a special place that you got to visit. Cricket is such a cool game. We saw a bit while we were in Jamaica. Awesome review!

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    1. That's awesome Jen. I've never been to Jamaica but I would love to go one day. Seeing the game up close and personal must have been a lot of fun.

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  23. I can't get over the illustrations. They're beautiful. This book is a great way for kids to learn to love pastimes of other cultures.

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    1. They are beautiful aren't they? Cricket however isn't a pastime and is a game that is enjoyed almost all year round in the Caribbean.

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  24. Looks like a really good book. I do not know much about Cricket but it looks like fun!

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    1. It can be a fun game if you know how to play which I would love to do one day.

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  25. I think it would be fun to watch a live game. It's great that you found a book about it!

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    1. I would love to watch a real live game myself too and having a book that explains it is a plus for me.

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  26. Lovely read! I need to let my sister-in-law know of that book so she can read it to my nephews! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. That would be great if she can get a copy. I think your nephews would love it and may want to play for themselves too.

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  27. What a fun, colorful book on Cricket!

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  28. I love children books. I like that you had a personal story.

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  29. Aw, I love the illustrations in this book and i've never really understand cricket!

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    1. Cricket can be difficult to understand if you don't know of or about the game but this book breaks it down very easily for you.

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  30. Very cute book! The illustrations are fun.

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  31. I love the artwork! Great way to teach kids about cricket :D

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    1. Yes it is a fun and humorous way to teach kids about the wonderful game of cricket.

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  32. What an adorable book and such a fun way for a little one to learn about a new sport.

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    1. It sure is a fun way and I'm only too happy to share it with you.

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  33. What a cute and fun way for kids to learn about a new sport!

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    1. I think this might have been double posted Cathy but you sure got that right! :)

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  34. Cricket is such a huge sport in other parts of the world and yet I'd have no idea how to even begin to introduce it to my kids. This books sounds like a great resource!

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    1. And that's why I was only too happy to share it with you. It's widely known in Europe and the Caribbean but for some reason Americans don't know about the game.

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  35. Saw cricket a lot in Australia when I was there. I want to go to Barbados!!! Glad you are loving your souvenirs! So special!

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    1. Aww that would be great if you can visit Barbados. I just know that you'll love it there.

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  36. I love how colorful the illustrations are in this book!

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    1. They surely are colorful and would keep your kids entertained while you read it to them.

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  37. I do not know how to play Cricket personally but I would love to learn. The book seems adorable and would go along with a Cricket class for my kids and I! Great family day planning is underway.

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    1. I would love to learn myself too and I'm hoping the next time I go back to the Caribbean that I'm able to see a match up close and personal.

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  38. This is such a cute book! I really love the illustrations :)

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  39. I don't understand the game cricket... I think I need this book! LOL

    It looks really cute and I love the illustrations- so colourful!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. You're very welcome Jennifer. Most people in North America don't know much about the game so this is a great resource although it's perfect for kids.

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  40. i don't understand the game of cricket.. but then again i don't really get most sports games haha. :) looks like a fun book for the kids though.

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    1. You're just like my mom. She doesn't understand most sports either but for some reason she does understand cricket and she loves it.

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  41. So cute seeing your daughter looking at the dolls. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. Thank you Beth and it is a great book in my opinion.

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  42. How neat. I've never played or even seen a game but it looks interesting. As you stated the US is behind on that one. I think we're still trying to nail down soccer(football). Lol

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    1. Hahaha football and cricket are two sports that the Caribbean and the UK just loves.

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  43. Cricket is huge over here in the UK! However personally I prefer baseball to cricket and you obviously have baseball, shame we can't trade sports! :)

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    1. It would be nice to trade sports Alice. I am not a baseball fan and neither am I of football. I would much prefer soccer. :)

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  44. This looks like such a cute book!

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    1. It is Selbe, have you ever heard of, seen or played the game?

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  45. I have never seen this game played but this book looks adorable that shares about it!

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