Michele Landsberg
August 16, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ben at the Beach

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Maryann MacDonald
publisher
Viking

We gave it a B+

”Nice water,” says Ben. ”BAD WATER!” screams little sister Charlotte.

Ben is a honey of a boy-the kind of kid who, when his efforts to fish are foiled, shrugs philosophically and devotes himself instead to playing with his younger sister, Charlotte. With instinctive tact, he knows just how to coax her to try the water.

Everything about Ben at the Beach — McTaggart’s charmingly loose watercolors, the affectionate interplay between Ben and his sister, and the happy ending — is evocative of a hot, hazy, happy summer day by the sea. It makes you want to pack up your bucket and fishing rod and hit the road. B+

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