Book review: Surf’s Up; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Surf's Up book coverby Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Picture book
Interest level: K-3rd
Reading level: 1.3
5 out of 5 stars


This is a fun story about the magic of summer reading. Bro and Dude have different ideas about what makes summer fun–Dude wants Bro to join him and surf the waves, but Bro is caught up in a good book and wants to finish. Bro’s enthusiasm for his book draws Dude into the story, and soon he can’t wait to find out what happens either!

The illustrations by Daniel Miyares are the perfect laid back style for a surfer theme. There is a slight abstraction that reminds me somewhat of Chris Raschka’s early work. It’s fun to see how the story and real life of the two friends start to connect.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the title page. There is a mostly-yellow illustration of a smal town by the water. It is a perfect summer image, but what makes these pages spectacular is the small library card pocket. An old fashioned check-out card is inserted in the pocket and you can see two names and dates — Aug. 7, 2016 Bro and Aug. 11, 2016 Dude. I love the little clue that Dude was so enthralled with what Bro shares of his book that he had to check it out next!

Recommendations from peers are such a powerful way to build a love of reading, and Kwame Alexander and Daniel Miyares have created the perfect book to spread that message!

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