Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Carol Young
Publisher: WestBow Press
“Into the tube and out
of the curl,
Chloe had become a true surfer girl.
Everyone cheered as their ride came to an end.
‘Cowabunga!’ yelled Chloe and her newfound friend.”
Carol Young writes in her children’s book, The Adventures of Chloe Zoe Young: Chloe’s Surfing Adventure.
This unnumbered twenty-eight-page paperback targets children two to eight years old, especially those that like stories about dogs and surfing. Containing simple sentence structures, the book’s multi-syllable words may be more complicated for beginner readers.
This being the author’s first book, Young has thirty years’ experience working in early childhood education. She is a mother and grandmother living in California. In real life, the story’s dog is a goodwill ambassador to schools and nursing care facilities.
With no profanity or scary scenes, black font words in rhyming format against a lavender background with palm trees are on the left sides of the pages. Colorful but simplistic cartoon drawings presumably by the writer complete the opposite pages with easy-to-decipher expressions and depictions of the land, sea, animals, and people.
In this tale based on the author’s beloved pet, one day Chloe goes for a run on the beach and sees surfers in the water. While staring at one rider, Chloe is asked why she is so interested in him. She informs him she would like to learn how to ride the waves.
The young man helps her onto his surfboard, and off they go, surfing the crest of the wave to shore. When they repeat the thrill, the two see dolphins diving and splashing beside them. At one point, they go into the wave’s tube and out of its curl. At the end of the day, the surfers and Chloe sit around a bonfire and watch the sunset. It is a day Chloe will never forget.
With the rhyming words comfortable to read or speak out loud, any child will enjoy this innocuous story. The added feature of a hidden turtle on every page makes it more engaging, especially for young ones.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and Bohlsen Group for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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