Review Blog

Feb 24 2016

Diary of a tennis prodigy by Shamini Flint

cover image

Ill. by Sally Heinrich. Allen & Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760290887
(Age: 6+) Recommended. Sports, Humour, Tennis. The ninth in the series of book by this author and illustrator, the diary format suits the story well, with its emphasis on action and doing things rather than pages of text explaining what is happening. For boys particularly the format is a winner, allowing the more reluctant to easily read the book, engaging in its sports focus and short snappy dialogue accompanied by a plethora of funny illustrations.
Nine year old Marcus has a huge problem, his father refuses to believe he is not a sports prodigy. The previous eight books saw Marcus being trained at a variety of other sports all with hilarious results, but the same outcome: he is just no good. but his determined father wants him now to try out a tennis, and we see the poor lad being coached by a McEnroe look alike coach still stuck in the eighties, trying to teach a boy who has not coordination at all, and all he wants to do is sit in front of his computer games.
The basics of tennis and its rules are given, as Marcus is prepared for his first big match with Tennis the Menace.
A fun filled easy read which will please all comers, but particularly boys who are a little averse to reading.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates