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Beachy And Me
By Bob Staake
Random House
2016
ISBN-10: 0385373147
ISBN-13: 9780385373142
* Published in hardcover and Kindle editions.
 
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Behind The Pages With Bob:

"When I originally wrote this story it was simply called Beachy and it took place on a desolate, windswept beach in November. The imagery just didn;t inspire me, so I completely revised the story and set it on an ilsand in the middle of nowhere. Though we assume Pixie lives in that lighthouse with her familly, we never see them, so this helps convery the loneliness that the little girl must feel. All that changes in a big, blue way when she stumbles on a beached behemoth that needs a friend -- and a little help."

-- Bob Staake

 

The bones of the skipper from the blockbuster suspense movie JAWS are hiding (twice) in this book. Did you find them?

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Summary:

Bob Staake's tale of a whale of a friendship!
 
Something big had come ashore. It seemed to have a tail.
Pixie now was staring at . . . a giant washed-up whale!
 

Pixie Picklespeare lives on a tiny island where there's no one to play with . . . until a friendly whale washes ashore. With Pixie's help (sort of), Beachy is soon back in the water, where the two play marvelous games. However, Beachy knows he must migrate to be with other whales. As he disappears into the deep, Pixie feels that she's lost her dear friend forever. But when he returns months later, Pixie learns that at special times of the year, she and Beachy will be together again!

Sample image from book (above)

Publishers Weekly
February 22, 2016
"A characteristically Staake salute to mid-20th-century cartoon art . . . Staake's adventure offers eye-popping color, a wealth of sea life, and the entrancing vision of a companion who appears intimidating but is actually as devoted as a puppy."
 
Booklist,
April 1, 2016:
"Staake's signature digital illustrations boast a summery array of colors . . . As the rhyming text bounces evenly along, young readers will be swept away by this whale of a friendship tale."

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