Author: Hurley, Jorey
Illustrations and simple text follow a dog as it chases a ball at the beach.
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School Library Journal (01/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/15)
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School Library Journal - 01/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—From the author of Nest (S. & S., 2014) comes another spare and beautiful outdoor adventure. One day at the beach, a big dog's red ball is thrown into the water. "Splash!" And he's off to "swim," "dive," and "seek" that ball. Using only 15 words in total, Hurley takes the canine and readers on a delightful and fanciful romp. Children watch as the waves "crash" over him, see his playful stance when he meets some curious seagulls, and on one of two vertical spreads, are captivated as the dog floats at the water's surface while down near the ocean floor a shark gains on his fishy prey. Returning triumphantly to his owner with the ball, the eager pup is ready to do it all "again?" An author's note explains that all of the creatures and plants the dog encounters may be found off the West coast of North America. The palette of blues, greens, grays, browns, and white masterfully evokes the ocean and beach. Occasional use of red adds impact and vitality to the full-page illustrations. Whether this book is enjoyed one-on-one or with a group, requests for repeated readings are sure to follow. Recommended for all, but a must where Hurley's previous book is popular.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2015 A day at the seaside is a joyous adventure for the Labrador retriever protagonist of this restricted-vocabulary picture book. Each spread has a verb describing the pooch’s action as she chases after her beloved red ball; “fetch” when it’s tossed, “search” when she’s hunting for the ball bobbing on the waves, “splash” when she paddles out toward it, etc. As the dog pursues the prize, she engages with local wildlife, passing a moment with some seagulls and sporting with some dolphins, until finally she brings the ball back to her beloved little girl for an inevitable eager “again?” While there’s plenty of readaloud hay to be made of this (a “guess the word” challenge would elicit some energetic participation), it’s beginning readers who will really appreciate the easy gamesmanship of figuring out the single word per spread and the genuine story behind the spare text. Digital art has the smooth solidity of cut-paper collage shapes, especially in the sandy figure of the dog, whose poses are well-observed authentic canine moves. While lack of contrast occasionally dilutes the art’s visual impact, the frozen tableaux are effective partners for the simplicity of the text, and the surprise discovery of various marine animals will provide audiences/readers with added diversion. This is rife with language arts potential, and it’ll make a lively next step after Sullivan’s one-word wonder, Ball (BCCB 5/13). DS - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.