cover image Beach Baby

Beach Baby

Laurie Elmquist, illus. by Elly MacKay. Orca, $9.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4598-0954-3

Dreamy artwork and verse reassure readers who are headed to bed that “Everything will be here when you wake.” Debut author Elmquist’s writing seems to drift along the seashore as she lists small natural wonders: “Purple starfish/ The goose waddling up from the bay.” MacKay (Butterfly Park), once again working in dramatically lit dioramas, creates a string of gauzy, delicate scenes—the lower half of a seal’s body is obscured by a translucent rolling wave in one image, while a pale, pink moon snail, “a mystery,” almost seems to glow. Enchanting, engaging, and restful. Up to age 3. Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (Apr.)