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Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave
     

Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave

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by Quentin Blake
 

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Surf’s up! Mrs. Armitage and her dog, Breakspear, paddle out to surf the Big Wave. Soon the kindly Mrs. Armitage notices that Breakspear’s little legs are getting tired--so she swims off and returns with an inflatable desert island for him to rest on. Then she notices that Breakspear looks a little hot--so she swims off again and brings back an

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Surf’s up! Mrs. Armitage and her dog, Breakspear, paddle out to surf the Big Wave. Soon the kindly Mrs. Armitage notices that Breakspear’s little legs are getting tired--so she swims off and returns with an inflatable desert island for him to rest on. Then she notices that Breakspear looks a little hot--so she swims off again and brings back an umbrella. Soon this silly pair is loaded down with flags, a horn, megaphones, and lots of other gear. What will they do when the Big Wave finally arrives?

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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Mrs. Armitage and her dog Breakspear go to the beach and head out into the water with her surfboard in hand to wait for the Big Wave. It's a long wait, however, and she discovers that certain necessities are required. Among them are: an inflatable toy for Breakspear to sit in so he won't get too tired, a visor and an umbrella for some protection from the sun, and a boat hook just in case there are sharks to prod. Each of these means a trip back to shore to retrieve the objects. When the anticipated wave arrives, Mrs. Armitage is ready for a great ride until she sees a little girl in danger. Riding her surfboard with her boat hook in hand, she scoops the little girl and lands on shore right in front of her parents. After a celebration, Mrs. Armitage and Breakspear head to the ocean "to have another go." Along the way she discovers one more item they just can't do without. Perceptive readers will quickly see the addition of several balloons. Blake's cartoon style illustrations are the perfect match for this funny, preposterous fantasy. He has taken ordinary concerns and by accumulating them in succeeding illustrations has created delightfully silly visuals.
Children's Literature
A lady surfer and her dog, Breakspear, wait in the ocean off the beach for the Big Wave. Meanwhile, she busies herself collecting items she might need such as shade, snacks, a wind sock and flags, megaphone, etc. When the Big Wave finally arrives, she and Breakspear not only ride it majestically in, but rescue a young girl swimming out too far. Then they have "another go." The brief text is set in large type to encourage young readers. A nervous, sketchy, economical black outline creates the frenetic action, while touches of washy hues flesh out the watery environment with colorful bits like the multicolored beach paraphernalia. Blake's typical sense of fun and of the ridiculous pervades.
School Library Journal
A riotous day ensues as Mrs. Armitage and her little dog go surfing. Waiting for the big wave is boring, hot, and maybe even dangerous so the woman makes frequent trips to shore for a float, sun hats, burgers and dog biscuits, a windsock, flags, a horn, and a spear (in case of sharks). Finally the big wave comes, but Mrs. Armitage spots a little girl in trouble. Of course, the resourceful surfer manages to snag the girl's swimsuit, rescue her, and get a great ride. After a celebration, its time for another go. Blake's exuberant, detailed, and comical watercolors fill this surfing adventure with fun. A lively choice for a summer storytime, this is a laugh-aloud tale for intergenerational sharingeven for those who won't be catching waves themselves. Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Surf's up and Mrs. Armitage is ready to do the California slither, Bali swerve, and Waikiki flip. All she seems to need is the perfect wave, as well as some snacks, a windsock, a float, and a megaphone, among other things. She gets a real work-out as she swims to shore each time to gather the items she and her loyal dog will need for the Big Wave. Readers gladly go along for the trip: The resourceful heroine brings spunky, funky fun to a simple day at the beach. Blake, in a gleeful mode, flaunts his signature wackiness in an avid display of Mrs. Armitage's kitschy taste and ingenuity, the megaphone is for flirting, of course. The anticipation has a payoff, too, as Mrs. Armitage puts her clutter to work to aid a helpless swimmer. The heroine's no-sweat attitude, along with Blake's humorous details, are the perfect combination for beach blanket fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152016425
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sisterjaffa More than 1 year ago
This book artfully captures both silliness and reality, as a grown woman takes her dog surfing, and wants everything just so!