This is a quirky story of two pigs who are beachcombing one day and find a surfboard. They do not dare to actually try to surf with it, out of fear of the “lurking, murky ickiness” that lies below the waves. So instead, they dress it up on the beach and name it Dave. Of course, “Dave” one day finds his way back into the water. How will they save him?
This book has just enough quirks and idiosyncrasies to surf above the ordinary picture book waves. It is interesting to compare this book to another “day at the beach” book, Ladybug Girl at the Beach. I feel that this book addresses the same topic (fear of going into the water) in a more entertaining and interesting, if less realistic, manner.
Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite Library Media Program
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3
Written and Illustrated by Jennifer Sattler
Release Date: May 24, 2011
ISBN: 9781599906355 (hardcover)