Taffy Saltwater's Yummy Summer Day by Michael Paraskevas

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Supersaturated colors and a cartoonish style add to the fantastical elements of the story and make the bustle of the boardwalk even busier—and a bit more sinister—than life. A muddled and not particularly pleasant tale of a day at the beach.
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   Creater of Nick's popular series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Michael Paraskevas heads to the seashore to introduce a happy-go-lucky heroine who is determined to build the perfect palace of sand. Taffy's pluck is evident as she and her friends make due with a spot on the crowded beach, but when Rollo, the cheery beach ball, is carried off in the style of Mary Poppins, via umbrella, Taffy must hurry to rescue him. Fortunately, Bob the inflatable sea serpent is in Taffy's bag, and soon he is tearing down the beach, in hot pursuit. 

   Michael Paraskevas has been a bouyant and cheery presence in the picture book market for over twenty years, and Taffy's bright colors, beautiful seascapes, and colorful characters are sure to please parents and children alike.
 

About Michael Paraskevas

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MICHAEL PARASKEVAS is a widely recognized illustrator whose work has been included in magazines and newspapers from Time and Sports Illustrated to the Washington Post and the New York Times. With his mother, Betty Paraskevas, he created twenty picture books and three television series, including Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Taffy is Michael's first project as both author and illustrator.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 03 2013

Supersaturated colors and a cartoonish style add to the fantastical elements of the story and make the bustle of the boardwalk even busier—and a bit more sinister—than life. A muddled and not particularly pleasant tale of a day at the beach.

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