SURFER CHICK by Kristy Dempsey
Kirkus Star

SURFER CHICK

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A most expressive chicken makes a splash in this winning title about learning to surf.

Dempsey (Mini Racer, 2011) keeps her groovy, rhyming text tight to create a raplike beat that colorfully describes a young chick’s adventures tackling the waves. “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. / Her dream was to learn / every move he produced.” Cole chooses a vibrant palette of neon and saturated bright hues that pop against the cerulean blue water found on several spreads. Dad comes off as laid back and oh so cool but offers calm encouragement when Chick has trouble paddling. Children will feel her frustration at learning a new skill and relate to her feeling “[a]lone on the sand, / [she] simply felt chicken. / She rested on shore / till her courage could thicken.” Inspired by her dad’s “righteous” moves, she heads for the waves and “[chooses] to be brave.” The acrylic-paint–and–colored-pencil illustrations humorously capture Chick’s every emotion as she battles the water and her fears. But her perseverance pays off, and a “gnarly new legend / has been introduced. // She’s fearless and plucky. / She’s stoked and she’s quick. / She’s totally awesome— / a real Surfer Chick!”

A guaranteed “Cowabunga!” (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0188-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2012




NEW & NOTABLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: MAY 2012:

Children TUA AND THE ELEPHANT by R.P. Harris
by R. P. Harris
Children TWO CRAFTY CRIMINALS! by Philip Pullman
by Philip Pullman
Children OCEAN SUNLIGHT by Molly Bang
by Molly Bang
Children TWO LITTLE MONKEYS by Mem Fox
by Mem Fox

MORE BY KRISTY DEMPSEY

ChildrenA DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT by Kristy Dempsey
by Kristy Dempsey
ChildrenMINI RACER by Kristy Dempsey
by Kristy Dempsey
ChildrenME WITH YOU by Kristy Dempsey
by Kristy Dempsey

MORE BY HENRY COLE

ChildrenBOGART AND VINNIE by Audrey Vernick
by Audrey Vernick
ChildrenNELLY MAY HAS HER SAY by Cynthia DeFelice
by Cynthia DeFelice
ChildrenPRAIRIE CHICKEN LITTLE by Jackie Mims Hopkins
by Jackie Mims Hopkins

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenPIG KAHUNA by Jennifer Sattler
by Jennifer Sattler
ChildrenTYRANNOSAURUS DAD by Liz Rosenberg
by Liz Rosenberg
ChildrenWONDER GOAL! by Michael Foreman
by Michael Foreman