Backyard Tennis

Dispatches on 31/07/2024


Follow a cast of sport-loving kids as they hop through the backyards of their neighbourhood in the Kimberley, collecting equipment and friends to play with as they go, from award-winning creators Carl Merrison and Samantha Campbell.

Mum loves tennis, but we don't have a court out here.
One day, she gets out her old racquets and takes me into the backyard.
'I'll teach you how to play, ' Mum says, and our tennis adventure begins. A joyful series that celebrates sport, where the fun only grows with family and friends! Praise for Backyard Footy 'There's a real sense of energy and fun to this upbeat children's picture book by Jaru/Kija kids' author Carl Merrison.' The West Australian 'Hits the mark with its complete joy for the game and, even better, for its spirit of mateship.' Books+Publishing 'A superb energy flows through Backyard Footy . . . When the punchline comes, it's very easy to agree: "Footy by yourself is fun but playing with mates is better."' South Sydney Herald 'Joyful . . . Merrison's belief in and commitment to fostering community and kids' wellbeing shines through on every page of this latest big-hearted adventure. Backyard Footy is a precious picture book that conveys a simple but vital message . . . A heartwarming and immersive read for any young reader.' Better Reading 'A vibrant, fast-paced picture book . . . A very enjoyable read.' ReadPlus