Girl vs. Wave

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Ruby is a surfer girl. At least she's going to be one someday soon. Her father is showing her all the things she needs to know to hang ten— how to prepare the board, how to balance, how to paddle out to the waves. And he's right there with her the whole time. But when a big wave gives Ruby her first wipeout, she's not so sure she wants to be a surfer girl anymore.

Can Ruby overcome her fear? Is she going to let that wave get the best of her? You bet she won't! And when she ...

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Overview

Ruby is a surfer girl. At least she's going to be one someday soon. Her father is showing her all the things she needs to know to hang ten— how to prepare the board, how to balance, how to paddle out to the waves. And he's right there with her the whole time. But when a big wave gives Ruby her first wipeout, she's not so sure she wants to be a surfer girl anymore.

Can Ruby overcome her fear? Is she going to let that wave get the best of her? You bet she won't! And when she conquers that wave, you're gonna be just as amped as she is! It's totally tubular!

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Publishers Weekly
In comic bookstyle panels, the surfer girl heroine in Girl Vs. Wave by Scott Bass, illus. by Julie Collins, models for readers how to mount and master a boogie board, under her father's direction (e.g., Sticky wax on the board helps keep our feet from slipping off), complete with sound effects (Sploosh!). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In a conversational tone, Ruby describes practicing surfing positions on the beach and paddling out on the board with her father to catch some waves. Their first ride is smooth, but on another attempt they wipe out, and Ruby becomes scared and angry. Nevertheless, she soon gets back on the board with her dad. They catch a killer wave and successfully ride all the way in to overcome her fear. Although the author uses catchy slang"-I was totally amped!" and "How cool is that?"-the writing is colorless, without metaphor, and overly chatty. The illustrations, which are digitally rendered hand-drawn sketches, are much more appealing. Spreads are painted with bright, bold colors, and characters are drawn with strong black outlines. Comic-book-style picture frames, inserted onto the pages, move the action of the story along and keep readers interested. While not a first purchase, this book will find some popularity where there is regional interest in the sport.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Ruby's eager to be a surfer girl, until a wipeout gives her second thoughts. With enthusiasm almost bursting from both her clipped narrative and Collins's sequential panels of gracefully posed, heavy-lined figures on the beach and in the foamy water, Ruby describes both her anticipation and the careful preparation she gets from her dad. Then, despite all the practice, her tandem ride with him turns into a scary spill that leaves her on the beach, mad and frightened. Happily, not for long, and taking her father's advice to "get right back on the horse," she zooms off with him on an exhilarating ride. Though would-be surfer dudes will pick up safety advice, a sense of the sport's thrills, a bit of "hang ten" lingo-and even a capsule history of wave-riding at the end-the theme of overcoming fear makes this salutary reading for any child needing a figurative remount, wet or dry. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802789372
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.34 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Bass is the online editorial director for Primedia's Action Sports Group and the online editor for Surfer magazine's Web site. Scott has a degree in literature and writing from Cal State-San Marcos. An enthusiastic surfer, Scott resides in Encinitas, California, with his wife, Katrina, and their two young children, Hank (whom he taught to surf at age four) and Tessa (who has one more year to go).

Julie Collins began drawing comics at the age of four and developed her comic strip The Adventures of Alice and Billy a few years later. She is a professor of sequential art— the art of comic sand graphic novels— at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, David, and two dogs, Jack and Inu.

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