Saturday, 13 July 2013

Hush, Little Beachcomber by Dianne Moritz & Holly McGee

We made it! E and I are now officially ensconced in North Carolina and lucky to be spending some time at the coast. It cheers my heart to no end to see him barefoot and giddy as he runs shrieking from the waves with a gaggle of cousins in tow. We're existing in a perpetual state of sunscreen sheen mixed with sand as we shed the skin of a long London winter.

To celebrate our time at the beach I've added this new book to the library: Hush, Little Beachcomber.  As the title suggests, it's set to the rythmn of the well known lullaby (Hush, Little Baby). This gives the text a lyrical quality as the narrative takes you on a journey to discover what's magical about a trip to the beach: waves, seaweed soup, seashell collecting, sand pies and ice cream cones. It's a fun story about a day out that we can instantly relate to, however, the illustrations are what set it apart from other beach books.

First of all, this book features characters of different ethnicities which is a refreshing change from most of what we see on the picture book shelf.  The illustrations have an appealing sketch like quality and their whimsical style matches the subject matter.  It was no surprise to me to learn that the illustrator, Holly McGee, has her own shop on Etsy featuring a range of artwork. You may want to check her out!

More to come from Mrs Brown on the move!

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