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Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (Gilbert and Friends Series)

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Here comes Surfer Dude!

Gilbert and his family are going to the beach, and everyone's very excited. It seems like this is going to be a perfect day . . . until Lola is afraid of the water and Gilbert forgets his bathing suit!

At the store, Gilbert finds a big bathing suit that says Surfer Dude on it. Gilbert looks cool, but he soon discovers that being a surfer dude is harder...

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Overview

Here comes Surfer Dude!

Gilbert and his family are going to the beach, and everyone's very excited. It seems like this is going to be a perfect day . . . until Lola is afraid of the water and Gilbert forgets his bathing suit!

At the store, Gilbert finds a big bathing suit that says Surfer Dude on it. Gilbert looks cool, but he soon discovers that being a surfer dude is harder than it looks.

Lola gets her feet wet, but will Gilbert sink or swim in this fun-filled day at the beach?

Join Gilbert, the beloved opossum, as he has an exciting adventure in his first I Can Read book.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“[Readers will] enjoy looking at the seaside doings in the friendly art while they sharpen their reading skills.”
Children's Literature - Phyllis J. Perry
Children who are familiar with Gilbert, the Opossum, as well as new fans will enjoy Gilbert's first appearance in an "I Can Read" book. Two things threaten to spoil a perfect family outing to the beach. Sister Lola is afraid to go in the water and Gilbert has forgotten his bathing suit. At the store, although his mother says it is too big, Gilbert insists on picking out a swim suit that has Surfer Dude written on it. Once Gilbert has helped Lola dig a pond in the sand and fill it with water, he leaves her and races out into the ocean where he is promptly knocked down. With the help of his father, Gilbert manages to catch a wave and has a brief thrill of surfing just before being knocked down again and losing his too-big suit. After recovering his swim suit, Gilbert is content to enjoy the beach in Lola's little pool. In the "I Can Read!" series, this book, divided into three short chapters, ranks at a middle level, high interest story for developing readers. Humorous illustrations add to the fun of this recommended book. Reviewer: Phyllis J. Perry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

As his family heads to the beach, Gilbert the possum knows he's forgotten something important. After perusing a book on sharks and jellyfish, his younger sister declares that she will not be swimming. When Mother reminds Lola about her brand-new swimsuit, Gilbert remembers exactly what he's forgotten. Of course, the cool "Surfer Dude" swim trunks that he finds at the beachfront shop are too large for him, but he's determined to have them. He's flattened by one wave and then, after one brief exhilarating ride on his boogie board, loses his trunks to another. He then joins Lola in the little pool that they dug in the sand and-impossibly-is filled with water. Like his oversize swim trunks, Gilbert's ambitions to become Surfer Dude are a bit too big to fit just yet. His adventures might also be a bit too small for a three-chapter beginning reader. Illustrated with average cartoon artwork, this dull title has little child appeal. Dori Chaconas's "Cork and Fuzz" books (Viking) make a bigger splash. Consider Surfer Dude if Gilbert has a following.-Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061252112
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,408,579
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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