________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 4. . . . October 18, 2002

cover Rough Day at Loon Lake.

Kathleen Cook Waldron. Illustrated by Dean Griffiths.
Victoria, BC: Orca, 2002.
32 pp., cloth, $8.95.
ISBN 1-55143-195-5
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Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Catherine Hoyt.

**** /4

 

excerpt:

"What are you doing here?" an angry voice yelled.
"Swimming," Wally answered.
"Cooling off," Justin said.
"Go to the lake if you want to swim," the voice told them. "This is a golf course."


"I tried to tell you," Nobu said, stepping out from behind a tree.
"What's the problem here?" asked another voice.
"Has anyone seen my ball?" asked a third.
"Is that my ball by the sand trap?" asked a fourth.

When a hot summer day leaves Wally and his friends with no money for ice cream and nothing to do, they set off looking for a way to cool off and a way to make some treat money. They find a perfect place to swim, play in the sand, climb trees and roll in the grass, but no one listens when Nobu, the serious young turtle, tries to tell them it's a golf course. Wally, Robyn and Justin have a great time until some golfing bears happen along. These golfers are not impressed to have their game interrupted by Wally and his friends. The annoyed golfers instruct Wally and the others to get off the golf course before they get hurt. But Wally and his friends soon find a way to cool off and make some money when the bears offer to buy all the golf balls retrieved from the water hazard. Before long, the friends are cooled off, and they have earned enough money for ice cream. They even get an invitation to join the golfers the next day.

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     This author/illustrator duo makes a great team, and I enjoyed this installment even more than their last book, Loon Lake Fishing Derby. Their book is for summer reading, and many young readers will be looking for fun ways to pass the hot days. Let's hope they stay off the golf greens! Waldron does a superb job with her cast of characters. These friends are a mix of fun loving and naivety, coupled with the wry wisecracking turtle Nobu. Griffiths creates charming animals with very human attributes. The burly bears in full golf attire are quite a sight to see. Griffith's characters have lots of detail and expression.

     Readers will be looking for the next Loon Lake adventure. I'm sure this writing/illustrating team will not disappoint. Rough Day at Loon Lake is a recommended purchase for school and public libraries. Fans of this fun loving gang will enjoy this story as an independent read as well.

Highly Recommended.

As the result of an exciting move, Catherine Hoyt is now the Reference Librarian at the Nunavut Legislative Library in Iqaluit, Nunavut. However, she enjoys volunteering at the local public library in the newest capital in Canada.

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