Can a dog play cricket? You bet! A raucous celebration of backyard cricket - and the family dog.
Selected as a CBCA (Children's Books Council of Australia) Notable Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2017
In the summer holidays, a game of backyard cricket brings the whole neighbourhood together, and no one loves the game more than Arlo the dog. He's the fastest fielder there is, but there's a big problem: he never gives up the ball!
Forced to watch from the sidelines, Arlo is determined to get back on the team - he just needs to prove that he is a great cricketer after all.
THE 12th DOG captures the joy of backyard cricket and the hilarity of owning a dog.
a most delightful book with a clear developing story and a few surprises . . . highly recommended. - Reading Time on STUCK!
a very satisfactory adventure story . . . The time and landscape of the island are palpably authentic, as is the character of Dorrie and her warm relationship with Gah. With a ripper plot ... and written in the jargon of the day, this is a corker yarn! - MAGPIES on THE GHOST AT THE POINT
A beautifully circular narrative . . . beautifully composed . . . just about a perfect picture book. - SATURDAY MORNING, Radio New Zealand on STUCK!
WHY I LOVE FOOTY has the hallmarks of appealing to those in the know: footy-mad kids aged four to 10. - BIG ISSUE on WHY I LOVE FOOTY
an amusing tribute to dads - KIRKUS REVIEWS on MY DAD THINKS HE S FUNNY
Charlotte Calder (Author)
Charlotte Calder's books include SETTLING STORMS, CUPID PAINTED BLIND, SURVIVING AMBER, STUCK! and GHOST AT THE POINT. In past lives she has worked, among other things, as a photographer and an actor. She lives in Orange, NSW and regularly speaks at schools and writers' festivals.
Tom Jellett (Illustrator)
Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. He has illustrated a number of books for children, including AUSTRALIA AT THE BEACH by Max Fatchen, WHY I LOVE FOOTY by Michael Wagner, 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. Tom has also been an editorial illustrator for THE AUSTRALIAN, the WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN and the DAILY TELEGRAPH.