Day at the Beach

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What a perfect day! The ocean is sparkling in the sun, and Alice B. and Baxter want to dive right in . . . but they don't have their swimsuits.

Or their goggles.

Or anything else.

Luckily for them, they do have Dad. He has just what they need to make their day at the beach the best ever!

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Overview

What a perfect day! The ocean is sparkling in the sun, and Alice B. and Baxter want to dive right in . . . but they don't have their swimsuits.

Or their goggles.

Or anything else.

Luckily for them, they do have Dad. He has just what they need to make their day at the beach the best ever!

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Publishers Weekly
As he proved most recently with Seven Stories, Briant is an accomplished and appealingly offbeat 2-D artist. But his other metier-naif sculptured figures, which populated his debut Paper Parade-comes to the fore once more for this well-meaning panda dad's day at the beach that isn't exactly a... well, day at the beach. It all starts innocently enough when Dad takes his children, Alice B. and Baxter, for just a "look" at the ocean. But the scene is so inviting that the panda kids beg their father to drive them home to get the stuff essential for maximum beach-going pleasure: first it's swimsuits, then goggles (a particularly striking underwater scene shows the pandas diving with origami-like fish), then a camera. After all, his kids argue-in a line that becomes the book's refrain (and may well have kids and parents alike laughing out loud)-"It'll only take half an hour." But after four trips home, Dad realizes that maybe what the kids really need is the best plaything of all: himself. Briant keeps the writing low-key ("Baxter and Alice B. swam underwater and looked at all the fish") and lets his clay-and-wire figures take center stage. Children will be instantly reminded of the bendy-figures that inhabit their toy boxes and savor how the 3-D scenes look like souped-up versions of their own shoebox dioramas. Most of all, they'll get a big chuckle at the wide-eyed, kids-just-want-to-have-fun cunning of this panda cub pair. Ages 3-up. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
On a perfect sunny day a father panda and his little ones venture to the ocean. Once there they regret that they failed to bring bathing suits and goggles and sand toys and just about everything else to make the day complete. The ever patient Dad returns home time and time again to pick up the forgotten items. When the kids decide they need a paddleboat, clever Dad has the perfect solution. Floating on his back with the youngsters on his tummy is the ideal end to a delightful summer day. While this is not as clever or humorous as Evan Levine's Not the Piano, Mrs. Medley (Orchard Books, 1991), it is not without its charm. The clay sculptures posed within sets painted with acrylics add a touch of whimsy and will delight young readers. This is a nice little diversion for a hot summer day.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-When a father panda takes his son and daughter for a drive to take a look at the ocean, the water looks so inviting that they want to go in but-no swimsuits. Alice suggests they go home and get them ("It'll only take half an hour"). What evolves is a day at the beach with numerous trips back and forth for goggles, shovels, a camera, and more because, after all, "It'll only take half an hour!" The characters and background are composed of clay, wire, and cardboard, painted in primary acrylic colors, and then digitally photographed and computer generated, giving the story a three-dimensional look with a puppet-show feel. This is a warm family story that youngsters will enjoy, especially when they chime in on the repetitive line.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A perfect summer day at the beach includes swimming, gazing at the fish, taking photos, building sandcastles-and two and a half hours in the car! A drive to admire the ocean with Dad turns into a myriad of back-and-forth trips to the house as the two siblings wish for something else upon each arrival: swimsuits, goggles, a camera and sand shovels. On the last trip, Dad drives the pickup truck, the back piled high with everything but the kitchen sink. The two still manage to want something he didn't bring, but Dad comes up with a clever solution and gives them something they always want-time with him. Too bad he didn't think of this resolution four car trips ago. While the story is uninspiring, the artwork may motivate young readers to explore materials in new ways. Briant created his unique scenes by computer compositing digital photos of wire and clay figures and cardboard sets. The result resembles claymation. The cover flap states, "[Dad] has just what they need to make their day at the beach the best ever!" It's too bad that for most of the story, this means a driver's license and a vehicle. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060799816
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Briant's paper sculpture illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He was born in Brighton, England, and now lives in New Jersey.

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