'Surf's up!' 'Not yet, Dude!' 'Books are boring!' 'Not this one!'
Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious.
Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach.
Surf's Up is written by this year's Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander, author of 'Crossover' and illustrated by Daniel Miyares who's last book 'Float' has been getting some amazing reviews. By joining forces they give little listeners a wild ride. A perfect book for summer and for book-lovers.
About the Author
Kwame Alexander is a poet, author of 18 books, and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel, The Crossover. The founder of two literacy organizations: Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world conducting writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences. Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, worked for the U.S. Government, and taught high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as the Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. Visit him at KwameAlexander.com.
Daniel Miyares is an author and illustrator of stories for children. He grew up in the foothills of South Carolina before studying at Ringling College of Art and Design. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he headed west to Kansas City where he now lives with his wife and their two children. Since then he has collaborated with a number of clients including Hallmark Cards, Inc., Simon & Schuster, Charlesbridge Publishing, Imagine Books, The New York Times, National Geographic, Spider Magazine, Ladybug Magazine, and the Kansas City Star.
*Starred Review: "Working in saturated colors and boldly graphic textures, he [Miyares] sends these big-eyed, freaked-out frogs hurtling (often literally) between fantasy and reality. It s a wild ride on the sea of imagination, and a rousing high-five to the power of reading."- Publishers Weekly" "A joyful and humor-filled ode to the magic of imagination and reading." Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal" "Bright and colorful page spreads illustrate the personalities of the active protagonists, as well as the action-packed scenes of Dude s book...A fun romp with a twist." Lolly Gepson, Booklist" *Starred Review: "Miyares' edge-to-edge illustrations, full of motion, capture in these frog characters a friendship that offers space to be oneself, with a nice reversal at the end: Dude has his nose in the book ("WHOA, DADDY-O"), and Bro catches a wave ("COWABUNGA!"). Newbery winner (The Crossover, 2014) Alexander's humorous, tautly poetic dialogue between friends begs to be read aloud to small listeners or by new readers, and these frogs have cultural punch that many plain-vanilla animal characters lack. The nod to Moby-Dick is a bonus. A warmhearted tribute to reading."- Kirkus Reviews