Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a charming, summertime story about overcoming fears. Suki is a little black, gray and white pup who is afraid of everything at the beach. Her pony-tailed owner, a little girl named Eleanor, patiently tries to coax Suki over her many fears. “‘Come on, Suki, you can do it!’” But, little Suki has too many fears: “..the stairs were big and sandy, and she hadn’t had lunch yet, and her foot hurt a little, and she might get a shell up her nose, and she might tumble down on her head, and then she’d need stitches, and, besides, there might be lobsters.” Eleanor carries Suki down to the beach and tries to get her into the water – again to no avail. The beautiful watercolor illustrations perfectly capture a day at the beach along with Suki’s emotions. Readers will quickly spot the lobsters in the illustrations. When Suki’s favorite toy, Chunka Munka floats into the water with the tide, Suki braves her fears and jumps into the sea to save her toy. All ends well with a proud Eleanor complementing her pup’s bravery. This is a perfect summertime read, especially for children who might have fears about the ocean.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a story for children who are heading to the beach and a good choice to show how fears can be overcome. A good choice for summer story times.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 7/23/17