Title: Surfer Chick
Author: Kristy Dempsey
Illustrator: Henry Cole
This book is short. Summary: "With Dad's help, Chick overcomes her struggles and learns how to surf." It has 18 couplets formatted as quatrains on the page. The word play is clever. Notice how in all of the rhymes, there's only one near rhyme, or off rhyme (paddle/battle). Really, it's so close, it counts. If you have ONE near rhyme in your ms, even if it's more of a stretch, you MIGHT be able to get by with it. But no more than one. I wish I could quote the first three stanzas to give a great opening (hey, maybe I could for beginnings/endings). But this book's strength is truly the rhyme and the word play. If a rhyming book doesn't have rhyme as one of its top two strengths, then something is wrong. This book, however, does everything right.
Here are the rhymes:
Here are some of the word play phrases throughout. It's not onomatopoeia, it's related words and/or puns.
- Two birds of a feather - a chick and her dad
- hatched on the beach
- swim like a duck
- foul-tempered battle (resonates as fowl-tempered)
- ruffled her feathers
- scrambled her focus
- confidence soared (you know, birds fly, right?)
- on a wing and a prayer
- Dad crowed
- fearless and plucky (rhymes with ducky, though not in this stanza)
- ripping along
- swelled up
- scoped out the water
- slid through the water
- one-footed thrill
And my favorite stanza:
Alone on the sand,As a parent, I would much rather read a book over and over again that includes great word play like illustrated here. And this book is a great example, though my FAVORITE is Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy. If you missed any of the days, here they are again. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9.
Chick simply felt chicken.
She rested on shore
till her courage could thicken.
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