The boy doesn't much like the big waves. He holds hands with his parents for only one big one. Then he runs off to find some fun. He zips through the crowd, heading toward the lifeguard station high on a dune. Just below it is an old, abandoned boat, waiting for the boy to be its brave captain. And brave he is, fending off sharks and storms. But all of a sudden, with the dunes rising like big waves around him, he realizes he is lost and all alone. "Mommy! Daddy!" he cries. With the help of a lifeguard who comes to his rescue, all ends well.
Full of gentle humor and illustrated with exuberant watercolor paintings, this is a reassuring story Niki Daly, the creator of Not So Fast, Songololo and Papa Lucky's Shadow, has here conjured up all the pleasures of a summer day at the beach that no one, young or old, will be able to resist.
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Daly (Jamela's Dress, reviewed below) summons the sights and sounds of a summertime outing through sun-washed watercolors and keenly tuned language. A boy and his parents arrive at the shore, where itMay 03 1999 | Read Full Review of The Boy on the Beach
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The prose is packed with descriptions that appeal to the senses, from a lifeguard ""cool as a coke and copper-tanned"" to sand dunes that ""rise like monster waves,"" and slips easily into casual rhyme (e.g., ""Sandy toes...| Read Full Review of The Boy on the Beach