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Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Gilbert, the Surfer Dude (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Diane deGroat, Diane de Groat (Illustrator)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Emergent readers for kids who are growing in confidence as readers, but still need some help.


FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Emergent readers for kids who are growing in confidence as readers, but still need some help.

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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

Product Details

Turtleback Books
Publication date:
Gilbert and Friends Series
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Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!) ; Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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