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Daisy McCray and the Wave of the Day by Nicole Miller

When Daisy McCray wandered down to the bay, she carried her surfboard, expecting a wave. But the wind was offshore and the ocean was flat, so Daisy decided to wait.

Her eyes are glued to the screen when the tide steals her surfboard, scooping up beachgoers and pulling into an epic set of waves. Will Daisy McCray notice?

This is author Nicole Miller's second book, and like her first (Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea) it has a timely message.

Miller encourages readers to keep their heads in the real world so as not to miss out on experiencing the joy in everyday life. She addresses the issue of technology and our huge reliance on it, in an enjoyable, age-appropriate way through rhyming verse. While picture book stories in rhyme rarely work well, Miller keeps the pace and the story at the heart. Her time as a teacher shines, this is a book that works perfectly as a read aloud, with lots of adventure, laughs and a great rhythm.

Illustrator Lily Uivel is the perfect artist pairing. Her artwork has a hint of nostalgia to it, and she captures plenty of action and movement within the pages. Her characters are unique and bursting with personality - from Daisy deep in her device to pink-haired and tattooed Nana Pauline, each character shines. Keep an eye out on every page for Squid too!

Daisy McCray and the Wave of the Day is a energetic and fun book that encourages children and adults alike to address screentime concerns.


Reviewer: Rebekah Lyell

Little Love


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