Thursday, May 24, 2012

Children's Book Review: Surfer Chick

Surfer Chick

Surfer Chick
Written by:  Kristy Dempsey
Illustrated by:  Henry Cole
Published by:  Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2012

“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.

* Told in rhyming text, this is a story about Chick.  She wants to learn to surf just like her dad.  However, she has some difficulty and discovers that it isn't as easy as it looks.  She perseveres and of course ends up finding success.  The kids were not familiar with the surfing lingo.  I had to try to explain what gnarly meant and luckily wasn't questioned about "breakers" and "shredding!"  Overall, I thought this was an okay story.  The kids seemed to enjoy it though. 

Family Rating: 1 thumb up.

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