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Tuesday 5 October 2010

Review: Magic Beach

What can one do at the beach? Just swim and dig in the sand?

There is so much more to be done and to explore at the beach, and Magic Beach describes all the possibilities.

“At our beach, at our magic beach…” begins each adventure, with a tale of make believe. From a trapped king and queen in a sandcastle to the discovery of sparkling treasure; from the world of explorers spying new lands to catching a giant shark – there is much excitement at the beach.

Concluding with bedtime at the beach house, this is a magical tale that is made to be read to children with a voice of wonder and intrigue, a story that invites them to be a part of some very special secrets.

The illustrations are classic Lester, filled with colour and capturing the spirit of a long summer’s day at any Australian beach. With the small details of the drawings and little things to be discovered on each page, the exploration of a make believe world complements the feeling of the charming text.

This is a bestselling Australian classic, having sold more than 150,000 copies – and it’s not hard to see why.

I was so thrilled to have met Alison Lester recently at a Babies Love Books reading. And I was even more rapt to be able to have a photo of Alison with my daughter, who had no hesitation in requesting that this legend of picture books read to her:

Title: Magic Beach
Author/Illustrator: Alison Lester
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1990
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781741144888
For ages: 0-6
Type: Picture book