THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT WE KNOW—TO SLIP DOWN THE STAIRS WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW, AWAY FROM IT ALL, WHERE ALMOST NOBODY GOES.
There’s lots of fun to be had up on the pier—the Ferris wheel, cotton candy, the carousel—but it’s down under the pier, at low tide, where the real magic can be found.
Children are invited to experience the fantastical realm of the natural world, from mussels and barnacles to kelp and seashells, all hiding mere steps away from the lights and games of the pier.
A brief guide to some common creatures of the intertidal community can be found at the back of the book, the opportunity for learning a welcome supplement to Beckerman’s poetic adventure and Sumpter’s equally enchanting illustrations.
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Wednesday, April 16
8 A.M. Virtual reading at Camp Cosmo Book Club
Saturday, April 18
10:30 A.M. BOOK LAUNCH at Children's Book World.
Saturday, April 25
10A.M-1 P.M. BOOK PARTY at Huzzah! Special guest: Heal the Bay animal touch tank.
Saturday, May 2
3 P.M. BOOK SIGNING and 12x12 Meetup at Diesel Bookstore in the Brentwood Country Mart.
Sunday, May 3
12:30-2:30 BOOK SIGNING and ANIMAL EXPLORATION UNDER THE SANTA MONICA PIER. Join us at the Heal the Bay Aquarium to celebrate DOWN UNDER THE PIER and visit the intertidal zone at the 1:11PM low tide. This is the lowest the tide will be during daytime hours for months. Come with us and Heal the Bay for education and fun and a sand crab dig! Admission free for 12 and under, $5 for California residents with ID.
Saturday, May 17
Appearance at Turn the Page Festival, Children's Fairyland, Oakland, CA
Friday, May 16
Virtual author visit at Apex Elementary School, Apex, North Carolina
Tuesday, May 26
Virtual author visit at Canyon Charter Elementary School, Los Angeles
Tuesday, June 2
Virtual author visit at Topanga Elementary School
Sunday, June 7 10-10:30 AM PDT
Virtual book celebration party on Crowdcast. All welcome!
"Beckerman’s lightly repetitive, sometimes rhyming text imbues the narrative with a gentle surge and pull (“They don’t know what we know— / To slip down the stairs when the tide is low”), breaking in small moments of wonder and discovery...The book concludes with a simple, engaging illustrated guide to some of the sea creatures that can be found in the intertidal zone. A dreamy tribute to summer days—and sea life and the spaces in-between."
"This colorful celebration of nature’s wonders and children’s curiosity showcases the beauty of the outdoors, and its sight words and easy-to-understand language make it ideal for newly independent readers."
Named to the Children's Book Council's March Hot Off the Press List
"Such a beautiful book! I felt the delight of the children exploring the enchanted watery world below the pier."
Virtual Handselling: Recommendations from Bookshop Santa Cruz Head Children's Buyer Publisher's Weekly
"A colorful and exuberant celebration of playing at the beach."
Virtual Handselling: Recommendations from Book Passage's Children's Buyer Publisher's Weekly
"This book will be read again and again by kids (and adults) that want to be transported. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Perfect Picture Book Friday
"This book is such a STUNNER!"
Little Books Big World
"The poetic and lyrical language perfectly capture both the fast-paced excitement on the pier as well as the mysterious beauty of the intertidal zone."
A Field Trip Life
"Beautifully written text celebrates the simple wonders and delights that piers offer."
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