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At the Beach

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Detailing the perfect beach getaway, this charming picture book uses individual postcards to tell the tale of one family’s adventures at Crabby Spit. In the spirit of Where’s Waldo?, beach items such as a hat, towel, and sandals are lost—and children must find them with the help of the mischievous family dog, Rajah. Humorous and warm family vacation activities are depicted, including paddling, surfing, and finding treasures.

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Overview

Detailing the perfect beach getaway, this charming picture book uses individual postcards to tell the tale of one family’s adventures at Crabby Spit. In the spirit of Where’s Waldo?, beach items such as a hat, towel, and sandals are lost—and children must find them with the help of the mischievous family dog, Rajah. Humorous and warm family vacation activities are depicted, including paddling, surfing, and finding treasures.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Delightful."  —OC Family Magazine

"Visual jokes make this delightful book absolutely riveting."  —The Virginian-Pilot

"There's a great deal to engage with the illustrations—an invitation to look, look some more, and then look again."  —Practical Parenting

The Virginian-Pilot
"Visual jokes make this delightful book absolutely riveting."
Children's Literature
Details, details, details—it is all in the details. This story of a family's camping trip to the beach is told through postcards inset on detailed illustrations of all of the things happening during the vacation. Readers will enjoy the light, humorous touch of both text and drawings. There are lots of subplots going on in the pictures, so this book also "works" as a wordless book. Because this is an Australian title, the text includes some vocabulary that will not be familiar. But it is easy to understand through context and pictures. As an added bonus, there is one particular biker who starts out on his vacation at the beginning of the book, announcing that he hopes not to lose anything on this trip. On the last page we see him leaning against his bike, planning to return through the pages of the book to "find" his lost stuff—giving the reader the hint to search for the missing items (hat, umbrella, phone, sandals, etc.) pictured on the first page. The end pages are detailed maps of Crabby Spit with notes about different events that have occurred at specific places. This is a great addition to the Where's Waldo-type books, as well as an excellent opportunity for teaching map study skills. 2006 (orig. 2004), Allen & Unwin, Ages 3 up.
—Sheilah Egan
Kirkus Reviews
Harvey offers a set of aerial beach scenes for less maniacal Where's Waldo? fans to pore over, featuring several dozen tiny vacationers sunning themselves, playing in the sand, visiting the nearby hamlet or generally mucking about. The views are linked by a series of inset, chatty postcards from the children of one family. They bear, along with casual mentions of cricket games and the Southern Cross, UFOs and sea monsters, references to some of the more amusing goings-on visible to viewers with sharp eyes: "Mr. McIntosh was chased by a shark. It must have been scared off by the taste of his shorts. And I saw a bird drop a poo on a kid's hand." Pair this read-between-the-lines tale with such similar epistolary outings as Jerdine Nolen's Plantzilla Goes To Camp, illustrated by David Catrow (March 2006) or the granddaddy of them all, Alan Sherman and Lou Busch's Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp), illustrated by Jack E. Davis (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741147049
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Roland Harvey is the author of Burke and Wills and The Friends of Emily Culpepper and the coauthor of The First Fleet, My Place in Space, and Sick As. He trained as an architect, but is best known for his distinctive books, greeting cards, posters, and stationery.
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