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Let's go down to the sea this summery Saturday morning, down the wiggly track, scattering shells and leaping logs! First the dogs chase the cat, next they chase a boy on a rattly bike - then the wild geese chase them . . .
Margaret Mahy's witty story, exuberantly illustrated by Selina Young, will delight readers, young and old.
"A Margaret Mahy Classic"--Cover.
Picture story book for children.
The children go down to the sea on a summery, Saturday morning, down the wiggly track, scattering shells and leaping logs. But first their dogs chase a cat, then they chase a boy on a rattly bike, then wild geese hiss and chase the children and the dogs and the walk is not so peaceful after all.
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Publishers Weekly Review
With bustling watercolors and catchy cadences borrowed from "This is the way we wash our clothes," New Zealanders Mahy (Boom, Baby, Boom, Boom!) and Young (Adam Pig's Everything Fun Book) offer a buoyant story of a walk to the seaside that takes some unexpected turns. The multiethnic party consists of four children and an adult, plus two dogs. The canines get up to high jinks as they chase first a cat, then a boy on a "rattly" bike ("Chasing things is what dogs like/ On a summery Saturday morning"). But the dogs outdo themselves when they go after an unamused family of geese. The children and their caregiver try to catch the dogs but get mired on the beach, a problem deliciously described as: "The mud begins its guggliwugs,/ Its guggliwugs, its guggliwugs./ Our sandals slide like slugliwugs/ On a summery Saturday morning." Young's happy-go-lucky full-bleed cartoons build up to a carnival-like commotion, bouncing with comic discombobulation even as they hint at the panoramic expanse of the landscape. Full of fun, on any morning. Ages 2-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1ÄA light romp by the seashore that will have children marching along with a family and their dogs as they encounter a boy on his bike, a cat, and several geese. Listeners will delight in the sounds of the language, the lively rhythm, the song-like repetition, and the pleasing rhyme and appreciate the watercolor landscapes. The lively, action-packed illustrations amusingly reflect the changing emotions of the expedition members, from exuberant anticipation to tired retreat from the mud and the geese. Purchase generously and be sure to read this one aloud.ÄRonald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ages 2^-7. The indefatigable Mahy has another rollicking winner in this picture book that even the very youngest children will enjoy. In a tale in bouncing rhyme, a group of children take the dogs out, chase cats and boys on bikes ("Chasing things is what dogs like"), and get chased themselves by a stern-looking goose and her seven goslings. The lively watercolor illustrations capture the gold light of summer as the children, of various ages and races, wander through the sea grass and squish in the mud. The rhythm and repetition in the verse and the clear summer hues of the paintings make this a book that virtually begs to be read aloud and shared, as each four-line verse ends in the refrain, "On a summery Saturday morning." --GraceAnne A. DeCandido
Horn Book Review
Published spring 1998. One happy adult, four merry children, and two boisterous dogs embark on a summer hike to the seashore, only to have a rousing adventure when a goose and her seven goslings chase them away. The lilting, catchy rhyme will encourage reader participation; the insouciant cartoon line drawings, reminiscent of Nadine Bernard Westcott's artwork, humorously capture the lighthearted escapade. From HORN BOOK Spring 1999, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.