Surf's Up; Kwame Alexander
(Illustrated by Daniel Miyares)
NorthSouth - 2016
Bro and Dude are two frogs who have different ideas about how to have a fun day at the beach. Dude wants to surf while Bro wants to read his book (Moby Dick). Dude thinks reading is boring until Bro tells him that the book is about a man trying to find a whale and then Dude wants to know more.
Moby Dick begins to come alive on the pages through skillful illustrations. It's a book with very few words and probably not one that will be begged to be read again and again. I think it's kind of hard to explain Moby Dick to the preschool set. I did like that the book reinforces the message that "reading can be fun."