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Surfer Chickby Kristy Dempsey
Synopses & Reviews
“Two birds of a feather, a chick and her dad, lived by the shore, in a radical pad. A legend in surfing, Chick’s dad ruled the Roost. Chick’s dream was to learn every move he produced.”
So begins the story of a little chick and her dad who take to the beach so she can finally learn how to surf. At first Chick’s mood is foul as she struggles through some gnarly waters, but soon she is catching waves on her own board and even doing righteous tricks, just like her rad dad!
Filled with cool surf lingo, this sweet rhyming picture book is perfect for summer at the beach and for celebrating the love between a father and a daughter.
Praise for Surfer Chick
“A most expressive chicken makes a splash in this winning title about learning to surf. Dempsey keeps her groovy, rhyming text tight to create a raplike beat that colorfully describes a young chick’s adventures tackling the waves. A guaranteed ‘Cowabunga!’”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This is a sweet, spunky story about perseverance and gaining confidence. Acrylic paint and colored pencil with a hot press watercolor make the sunsets dynamic and bright. Totally awesome!"
—School Library Journal, starred review
“Rollicking, righteous fun.”
HONORS winner: 2012 National Parenting Publications Book Awards
"Chick, a long-lashed tan chicken in a green two-piece bathing suit, is determined to make her surfer-star father proud. Peppered with surf lingo, Dempsey's (Mini Racer) verses occasionally stretch to make their rhymes work; it's Cole's (The Kiss Box) expressive acrylic and colored pencil illustrations that give the heroine her irrepressible character and focus the story's message about determination. The relationship between Chick and her father is sweetly rendered as he teaches her to paddle ('what happened next/ was a foul-tempered battle') and to stand on her board ('a colossal wipeout'). Cole's humorous cartoons are particularly good at depicting Surfer Chick's emotions — a poignant image shows Surfer Chick gathering her courage ('Alone on the sand,/ Chick simply felt chicken') — and her brave return to the sea results in her inadvertently inventing a new trick. Cole's inky blue sea, with its dramatic swells, adds to the story's tension and makes Chick's victory all the sweeter. Readers faced with trying something new should identify with this heroine — and maybe even start asking parents about surfing lessons. Ages 3 — 7. Agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kristy Dempsey is the author of Me with You and two other forthcoming picture books. She lives in Brazil. Henry Cole is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of numerous picture books for children, including Chicken Butt! He lives in Wilton Manors, Florida.
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