Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Reading 2016 Surf's Up


The imagination that went into creating this wonderful picture book is amazing. Two friends on a summer day have different pursuits in mind. Dude wants to go surfing, but Bro is thoroughly engrossed in a book (Moby Dick to be precise). Dude can't understand the interst in a boring book and Bro can't be torn away from it. As Dude literally carries Bro off to the beach with his nose still buried in the book, he begins to be curious about this whale of a story. Bro keeps calling out "Wowie Kazowie!" and "Whoa, Daddy-o!" as events unfold in the hunt for the white whale. Eventually Dude is pulled into the book despite his initial disinterest. What makes it all the more entertaining is the fact that Bro and Dude are frogs!

The mix of Bro's enthusiastic exclamations and Dude's reluctant interest seem to prove that old adage that opposites attract. And in addition to the insanely funny story-line, there are the illustrations to pull us in as readers. While Bro describes the plot of his book to Dude, those scenes are shown on the page along with the two friends. We can see the scenes gradually grow larger until Bro and Dude are actually on the deck of the whaling ship. After all that, it comes as no surprise to us that Dude decides to read the book himself. 

An excellent story to illustrate the power of books to capture our imaginations and the thrill of finding a book and sharing it with a friend. I recommend it to readers of all ages.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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