From joke to music...
Nearly forty years ago, comedian Ken Corsbie told songwriter/singer Dave Martins a joke about jungle animals playing cricket. Dave, as ever alert to all aspects of West Indian life going on around him, immediately turned the joke into the run-away hit calypso Cricket in the Jungle.
From music to book...
After a few hiccups we settled down with the immense talent of Jolyon “Rusty” Nathan to do the all-important illustrations. From some fairly detailed but hideously amateur pencil sketches by John’s daughter Catharine, Rusty worked his alchemy and Cricket in the Jungle came to life. The process was long and the road not always smooth but the result is a work of genius.
The book is 13” by 9¾” landscape format, saddle stitched, lavishly colour illustrated on a high gloss UV-coated stock. It comprises 26 pages and contains a music CD with the calypso hit single “Cricket in the Jungle”
The story is
The book however is not just for kids. Adults can appreciate and empathise with Donkey, the anti-hero – with the brilliance of the calypso’s wordplay and the absolute magic of the illustrations.