Learning to read surf-speak has never been so easy, or so much fun It's, like, totally radical (If you need a little extra help, check out the non-bogus glossary at the back of the book.) For beach boys and surfer girls of all ages.Read more...
Learning to read surf-speak has never been so easy, or so much fun It's, like, totally radical (If you need a little extra help, check out the non-bogus glossary at the back of the book.) For beach boys and surfer girls of all ages.
- ISBN-13: 9780061756900
- ISBN-10: 0061756903
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publish Date: May 2011
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 9.27 x 7.32 x 0.35 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-03-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Pliscou and Dunne, in their first children's book, spoof Dick and Jane with an introduction to surfer lingo, set in squeaky-clean SoCal environs. Dude, a blond boy in sunglasses, hits the beach with his surfboard, his "most excellent dog" Bud, and his pal Betty, "a righteous surf bunny." Pliscou mimes the sincere voice and meticulous punctuation of an easy reader ("See Dude surf. Whoa! Look at Dude surf. Surf, Dude, surf"). Her humor arises from unexpected vocabulary ("Stokaboka!"), paired with Dunne's earnest illustrations of Dude hanging 10, wiping out, and visiting a taco stand for "a bodacious burrito"—things Dick and Jane never dreamed of. In the book's funniest moment, Bud scarfs down Dude's lunch ("Most heinous, Bud!"). Girls may raise an eyebrow when Betty works on her tan while Dude surfs (to her credit, Betty later steps into the ocean with her board); parents may do the same when Dude and Betty flee the "gnarly scene" at home after the boy's parents ask if he's cleaned his room and done his homework. A glossary that defines terms like "awesome," "bummer," and "cranking" closes out this tongue-in-cheek primer. All ages. (May)