Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: Cowabunga, dude, this book only has one word, but lots of gnarly pictures! A platypus and a beaver head out on surfboards one sunny day, disregarding a sign with a big red exclamation mark on it. The beaver is laughing hysterically after the platypus gets pooped on by a seagull, when suddenly–DUDE!–a great white shark appears. Thinking fast, the beaver produces an ice cream cone, and the three become friends. Surf’s up until a big wave smashes the boards into the rocks. The shark has a solution, and the three head out to sea again, the two smaller animals catching a wave on the back of their great white pal. Everyone on the beach flees in terror, and the trio enjoy samples from the vacant ice cream stand. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat is a pretty brilliant pairing, and this book of summer fun that includes ice cream, a great white shark, cartoon bubbles, and a poop joke, is pretty much a guaranteed hit at any storytime.
Cons: If you’re trying to get your offspring to practice reading this summer, this probably isn’t the book for you. Dude.