Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Splash, Anna Hibiscus! illus. by Lauren Tobia. 32p. Kane Miller. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781610671736. LC 2012954083.
Gr 1–3—The irrepressible Anna is back in her seventh outing, but this time for a day at the beach with her extended family. Anna asks and asks, but everyone is too busy to splash in the waves with the little girl. Finally, there is no one left to ask. "There are only the waves jumping and splashing. They want to splash with somebody, too." Anna and the waves splash, jump, and play until her infectious laughter reaches her parents, aunties, uncle, cousins, and grandparents, who cannot resist jumping in the water. Atinuke's spot-on text is perfectly matched by Tobia's detailed illustrations, which feature joyful facial expressions. The images in the background hint at the African setting, but this story could easily take place in the Caribbean or the Outer Banks. This lovely story will leave readers pining for a family day in the sun.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
In her second picture book, Anna Hibiscus takes a trip to the beach. Her family members are too busy--reading, talking, digging in the sand--to go in the water, so she goes in by herself. Her ensuing joy lures everyone else in. Tantalizing illustrations capture Anna's emotions, the heat of the sun, and the beautiful colors of a boisterous seaside adventure.
In her second picture book, Anna Hibiscus returns for a day trip to the beach. Endpapers open with a full seaside spread of a clear blue day in “Africa. Amazing Africa.” The title page follows with a bright red boat crowded with the whole lively family—Anna Hibiscus waving from the center of the action. At the beach, “the sun is hot. The sand is hot. The laughing waves are splashing.” Anna asks every member of her family to join her in those waves, but everyone is too busy—reading, talking, braiding hair, playing soccer, digging in the sand, napping, or texting. Finally, there is no one left to ask, and a double-page spread shows a small Anna alone on a huge expanse of sand and sea. But Anna is nothing if not her own girl, so she joins those laughing waves by herself. The joy that ensues ultimately lures her entire family into the sea to splash, jump, and laugh along with her. Tantalizing illustrations capture Anna’s emotions, the white heat of the sun, and the beautiful colors of a boisterous seaside adventure. The back endpapers add the warm pink glow of sunset to the scene on the opening endpapers, bringing closure to a glorious day. julie roach

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