Book Title: SURF'S UP
Author: Kwame Alexander
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.
Licenses: Simplified Chinese (China Youth Book, Inc.), German
“It’s a wild ride on the sea of imagination, and a rousing high-five to the power of reading."
PW Starred Review
" A warmhearted tribute to reading."
Kirkus Starred Review
“A joyful and humor-filled ode to the magic of imagination and reading.”
School Library Journal
It may be hard to imagine a high-energy book that features two brothers arguing about whether to read or surf, but Surf’s Up delivers in a cowabunga way. The brothers are two frogs named Bro and Dude, and illustrator Daniel Miyares brings them wonderfully to life with vivid colors, froggy-eyed expressions and plenty of heart-stopping wave action.
Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander’s text is short and ultra snappy. Dude wants to surf, but his brother prefers to finish his book “about a man looking for a whale.” Dude declares that books are “BOOOORING!” but he’s easily lured in as Bro describes his book with such excitement (“BOOYAH! They found the whale again.”). With both frogs immersed in the Moby-Dick saga, a bit of literary magic occurs, as readers and frogs alike get caught up in two concurrent dramas: Bro and Dude heading to the beach to surf, and Bro and Dude imagining themselves trying to catch the great white whale.
This bit of metafiction works seamlessly, framed with lively dialogue that will ensure Surf’s Up’s popularity as a read-aloud.
When I received Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander's manuscript for Surf's Up I thought this would be really fun to read out loud. The dialogue was already imbued with personality. The characters immediately started showing up.But really what hooked me was Kwame’s emphasis on the power of reading. I loved the idea of seeing a character discover the exhilaration of imagination and how a book could take them there. When I saw that happen for kids I did a happy dance inside.