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Publishers Weekly Review
A seemingly doomed camping trip at the seashore turns into a sunny vacation in this wacky picture book by the creator of Crusher Is Coming! and The Red Woolen Blanket . When a family reaches its campsite only to find a gang of motorbikers called the Disciples of Death, Dad thinks things look bleak--``Don't go near them,'' he warns. But outward appearances prove misleading as the ``bikies'' help Dad set up the tent, play in the sand and pass out raspberry popsicles. Graham's matter-of-fact text, peppered with the daughter's flavorful observations, reads much like a long, comical postcard. The full-color paintings feature crayon accents that impart a breezy, slightly slapdash air. Black dot eyes and bulbous noses go a long way to enhance the cast of innocent and congenial characters. But most pleasing of all, the book's child protagonist--unburdened by any preconceived notions--never sees the Disciples as a threat, and eventually Dad learns this valuable lesson, too. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Horn Book Review
A fresh, lively, and humorous look at a family beach trip that is seen through the eyes of the young daughter. The beach crowd is composed of real characters who intermingle in typical seaside activities. Light and fun. From HORN BOOK 1992, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
The Children's Book Council of Australia's ``Picture Book of the Year'' (1990) is a delightfully offbeat portrayal of a family of four at the beach for the weekend, with details that are perfectly plausible yet unlike the usual clichés. At the campsite, the neighbors on one side are the ``Disciples of Death,'' a booted, unwholesome-looking trio with a small dog in goggles and a blanket draped over their motorcycles in lieu of a tent. ``Stay away,'' warn the parents--but the Disciples are the first to pitch in when help is needed, and by the second night they're all chatting companionably together. Meanwhile, the adults have genially joined in the children's imaginative play and the narrator has also made friends with the most truculent of a busload of schoolchildren, camping with their teacher. With his own unique style, Graham rivals James Stevenson in his ability to conjure a scene or a character in a few deft, relaxed lines. A worthwhile message presented in a comically realistic vignette with lots of child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)