This beach is loud!

Samantha Cotterill

Book - 2019

"A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles"--

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Cotterill, Samantha. Little senses.
Picture books
New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC [2019]
Physical Description
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24x24 cm
Main Author
Samantha Cotterill (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Making her debut as author-illustrator, Cotterill launches her Little Senses series of picture books featuring children on the autism spectrum or experiencing sensory challenges. A boy eagerly prepares for a day at the beach with his father—but when they arrive, he feels overwhelmed: the beach is busy, noisy, and full of sand. ("Daddy, I don't like the beach and I want to go home. The sand is ouchy and sticky and bumpy and scratchy.") In Cotterill's block print, ink, and charcoal art, the boy is surrounded by an explosion of sound words that illustrate his response to various environmental factors. By portraying the child's experience without labels, she allows readers to freely see themselves in his reactions to the stimulating world around him—and to potentially emulate his strategies for handling sensory overload. Also available: Nope, Never, Not for Me! Ages 3–7. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—In this much-needed new series, author/illustrator Cotterill shows the excitement and challenges of going to the beach for the first time. Wearing his snorkel mask, a young boy is packed and ready for a day at the shore with his father. At the beach they seek a spot to set up their day camp. On their way, the itchiness of the sand and the surrounding noises becomes overwhelming for the young boy, but soon, after being able to soothe himself with a couple of techniques, he is able to play. Many children will be able to identify with the stresses of a new experience, and Cotterill, on the spectrum herself, has deliberately left this open-ended so any child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and/or autism can identify with the experiences represented in the book. Ink, charcoal, and block print offer composition and texture capturing the beauty of the day. Overlapping text helps distill the feeling of certain senses being overwhelmed. Throughout the book, she subtly shows tools the family uses to prep for new experiences and for when things become overstimulating, paving the way for dialogic reading and conversations for readers whether they're neurodiverse or neurotypical. VERDICT This charismatic and essential read-aloud will fill a hole that has been too long ignored in library and storytime collections.—Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sensitive boy is overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and sensations of a family visit to a noisy, exciting beach, until his father offers some creative ways to manage. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Patience, understanding, and a soothing exercise saves the beach day when excitement turns to sensory overload.Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky...and it gets everywhere! In This Beach Is Loud!, a sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo's dad has a trick up his sleeve to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.Combining accessible storytelling and playful design, This Beach Is Loud! gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to sensitive children on and off the autism spectrum.