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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  1,533 ratings  ·  253 reviews
In this evocative wordless book, internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach.


New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2008
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 16th 2008 by Chronicle Books
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Kathryn
Charming wordless picture book that tells the story of a young girl's encounter with the waves—from her initial timidity at the new experience, to brash taunting that the wave won't get her, to humble-pie-ing when it *does*--discovering treasures that it washes ashore. In the end, she has found a new friend in the sea and "waves" a fond farewell.
Lisa Vegan
Dec 17, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of brilliant wordless picture books, the ocean, the beach, nature, humor
Oh, I just loved this book. It’s brilliant in every way. I was completely charmed.

It’s the wordless story of a young girl who goes to the beach with her mother/a female adult, and it’s about her, some birds, some beach finds, and some waves/the ocean.

Any young child or any person who took at least one beach trip as a child will perfectly understand the events.

Recently, some Goodreads’ members and I were talking about the book Karen and I remember one line from that book, paraphrased here, that:
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Crystal Marcos
Jan 18, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wordless picture book lovers and beach/ocean admirers
A delightful wordless picture book brought to my attention by the Children’s Picture Book Club monthly discussions found here http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4... It is about a little girl at the beach and her interactions with a wave and some friendly seagulls. Fun illustrations with simple color choices, blue, white, and black make this book worth the read. One thing that was a bit perplexing and slightly annoying was in some of the illustrations the poor little girl lost a limb because of ...more
Cynthia
My 9 yr old daughter brought this home from the school library. It has no words, only simple, beautiful drawings of a girl on the shore and of course, waves. You can make up your own story. My daugher and I have shared "reading" this together and it starts discussions about our times at the beach. Just a lovely, simple delight.
Noran Miss Pumkin
beautiful-one of the best kid's artsy books i have fallen in love with this year. simple and lovely story of a girl and the ocean waves--made wish for San Fran again--we stay on the ocean side every time.
Dolly
Jun 04, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful wordless book about a little girl playing at the ocean. It was fun for us to "read" this book together, and reminisce about our years living in Hawaii. Our girls were quite adamant that her mommy must've been close by, since she could've been pulled out to sea by the big wave and the undertow.

They also pointed out that, "you should never turn your back to the ocean," an important lesson we have taught them. The illustrations were simple, with only shades of black, white, gra
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Genie
As a teacher:
This wordless book uses 4 elements of design that provides the reader with a wonderful imagination/meaningful connections of a day at the beach. Suzy Lee uses charcoal as a medium to illustrate the mesmerizing wave that the little girl of the story interacts with. Lee uses curved and straight lines to show off the wave's movements as it builds up in the ocean or as it crashes onto the shore. The author also uses rolling "shapes" of the wave to allow for interpretation of the fluidit
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Jenne
One of the nice things about cataloging for a library is you get to see all the different books other people ordered. Every so often will catch my eye and I have to stop and look at it. Now I must admit this happens most with children's books and the ones with gorgeous pictures of food. :)Anyway, this was one of the books that came across my desk, and I couldn't resist flipping through it.

I have always enjoyed wordless books and this one was no exception. I love the simple black and white line
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Zack
I found this book to be very good, and I believe that the pictures should speak volumes about the quality of this story.
The basic idea of the book is that a little girl is visiting the beach with her mother, and playing along the shore with a wave.
The art is fantastic. There are subtle interactions between the girl, the wave, and a flock of seagulls as the wave crashes against the shore. The interaction between the girl and the wave is the focus of the story, and the art really captures the pla
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Debbie
This book was not too exciting. It shows a little girl who goes to the ocean with her mother and plays with the waves. It doesn't seem like she intends to go into the ocean because she is wearing a dress and not a swimsuit. She runs to the waves and then as they come in she runs away. She teases the waves, she scares the waves and sticks out her tongue at them as well. There are sea gulls that stay with her the entire time. At the end of the book the wave does get her and knocks her down. It is ...more
Carolyn Hart
When a young girl arrives at a beach, she is filled with enthusiasm and dashes forward, stopping just short of the beautiful, frothy blue water. She hesitates on the sand, pausing, leaning as she is drawn toward the ocean. Suddenly, the character of the water changes. Worried, she tentatively shifts backward, her steps mirrored by a group of friendly gulls. As the waves reverse and retreat, our young heroine stands on her tip toes and challenges the salty water. Before long, she leaps into the d ...more
Taylor Torgrimson
In Suzy Lee's "Wave" the reader is shown the story of a young girl who overcomes her fear of the ocean. At first she stands at the tides surface too afraid to fully enter into the ocean. But as the reader turns the pages, they see that the girl overcomes her fear and jumps in and splashes all about. The little girl is no longer afraid and having the time of her life until a big tidal wave comes up and knocks her down. She quickly runs from the ocean only to see that an abundance of beautiful sea ...more
Alyssa Roberts
In Suzy Lee's wordless picture book, Wave, a little girl visits the ocean with her mother. She dances and plays at the edge of the water, while learning the way the oceans moves. She dances with seagulls and then splashes and kicks the water to form a tall wave. The waves gets taller and closer, building up, then it splashes, crashing all over her and the shore, and leaves behind a trail of treasures. The little girl then walks away and waves to her new friend. This is a great story about how ch ...more
Claudine Yanting
A playful little girl.

A wave.

That's all.

That's what this wordless picture book is about. Okay, maybe add in a few sea gulls and a mother watching by. But seriously, that is all.

And they, Girl and Wave, make up a joyful summer read about children's friendship with Nature. It's cheeky at times. It may start off with a teasing 'I-dare-you.' It splashes and clashes and leaves surprising finds. In the end, it's also about being together, happy.


I love the sea.

I'd learned about this book on Goodreads.
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Quynh
I read this book during the time of AFCC festival in Singapore. After her presentation about the trilogy: Wave, Mirror and The shadow, all of her books were out of stock. The border between the reality and the imagination is the main theme of all of her books.

It has been such a long time I did not read a book that can inspire me as much as this one.
Kendrick Goodman
While I am an advocate for bright colors in a children's book, Suzy Lee somehow gets away with only using 2 different colors in this book but still is able to keep the reader enthralled. Also, this book has no words to it. The sweet story of how a girl meets a wave on a beach will keep you wanting to turn each page. This is perfect for telling a story to children who cannot read yet. As well, the message of taking a risk and doing something out of your comfort zone is what children should get fr ...more
Cristina
Dire che è un libro per bambini è molto riduttivo, certo in teoria lo è, ma io l'ho sfogliato diverse volte avanti e indietro e l'ho trovato bellissimo. Non c'è nemmeno una parola, ma la successione delle immagini raccontano, come in un film muto in bianco e nero.
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oliviasbooks
Simple and beautiful - only black coal and blue watercolor - without words, but with plenty expression and room for inventing dialogue:

A little, cheeky girl and a flock of seagulls confront a wave at the sea shore. Who'll have the last word?
Cindy
This wordless picture book is fabulous, with one exception. The edition I got from the library loses important parts of the illustrations in the gutter! ARGH. It's too nice of a book for that to happen!
Cheryl
My edition is bound badly - the main character is hidden in the crease - don't buy until fixed. I'm not good at understanding/evaluating wordless books but I did like this a lot.
Kirei
This book shows a little girl at the beach.

It does look an awfully lot like the sea between Korea and Japan. My son remembered when I lost my sandal in the waves there.
James Moore
I decided to use the book, "Wave" by Suzy Lee as my choice of a wordless picture book. I found the book at my local library and thought just by the cover of the book that it was interesting in a way. Upon looking through the book I feel I could easily incorporate into a lesson about oceans or as a book walk through that uses no words. I feel this book can easily say alot without any words used in the story. I think this book could easily spark class room discussions on what students would see wh ...more
Jill
This gorgeous and wordless picture book tells the story of a little girl's day at the beach. When she first arrives at the ocean, she's a little shy and uncertain as she looks at the daunting wave before her. As she grows more comfortable, she roars at the wave as it recedes into the ocean, and she finally musters up the courage to jump in and splash around. The wave, however, gets the last laugh and drenches her, but she soon forgets as she sees the treasure that washes ashore.

I have to tell yo
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Allyson Sparks
When it comes to picture books that are wordless, I think it is up to those illustrations to make up for there not being any text. I think that this book delivered that. The illustrations on every page were simple yet beautiful. Who doesn't love to look at the ocean and that pretty color of blue? Sometimes we have to read so much that it's refreshing to read a book where all you have to do is look at pictures. I think this book offers a great use of imagination and allows children to experience ...more
Cameron Kisselbaugh
Illustrated by Suzy Lee, "Wave" is a beautiful painted book that tells and simple, but eloquent, tale of a little girl's day at the beach. From the initial uncertainty of the water to engaging in battle with the waves to discovering the wonders the waters have to offer, this book draws you into turning the next page just to see what else the waves have to offer.

The simplicity of the colors is this books greatest strength. Relying on at most 5 or 6 colors, Lee is able to clearly reflect the peac
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Brad
Going into the book, I wasn't expecting to get a lot out of it since there were not any words. I could not have been further from the truth. Each picture throughout the book really could have been "worth a thousand words." It was a story about a little girl who is curious about the ocean at first, then it caught her off guard and scared her when it rushed in, and then she tried to scare it back. The illustrations did an extremely good job allowing the reader to really see what was going on in th ...more
Melissa
When I ran across Wave I knew I had opened up a very special and unique piece of literature. For one thing, the fact that this story has no words allows the reader to use their own imagination in ways they cannot with any other type of picture book. Nothing is confirmed about the people or setting of the book, so students can essentially write their own words and draw their own conclusions. The use of only muted blues, grays, blacks, and whites in the illustrations from beginning to end is very ...more
L12_markmesserly
This review pertains to a hardcover edition.

Suzy Lee’s beautiful artwork tells the joyful story of a little girl at a beach. In this wordless tale, the girl (and five curious seagulls) playfully interacts with the rolling, teasing waves. Advancing waves eventually crash over the girl, leaving in their wake a marvelous surprise.

Expressive, simple line drawings feature panoramic views of the oceanfront and the brilliant blue water. The drawings span pages that are 24 by 7 inches, emphasizing exhi
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Alex Alfaro
Through simple black and white and blue illustrations, Suzy Lee depicts a little girl’s day at the beach. The simple pleasures of childhood are seen as the little girl plays with the waves and the birds, and collects shells on the beach. It is the little girl’s innocence and lightheartedness that really stood out to me when I was reading. I thought that the way she played with the waves and tried to “scare” them with her facial expressions was endearing. Eventually though, the wave overpowers he ...more
Ann Wang
As summer comes to a rapid end, may I suggest a final hurrah... Wave, by Suzy Lee. It's a story with no words, but full of warmth as a girl and a wave befriend each other and produce, as friendships often do, a surprise.

Being a person of words, I imagine it's challenging to tell a story without them. But Wave does it beautifully, the best I've seen since Tuesday and far more simplistic, yet not more juvenile. The use of one bright color, besides charcoal and white, is used masterfully to show th
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Suzy Lee is an artist and illustrator, born in Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA in painting from Seoul National University and her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, London. Her books and paintings have won numerous international awards and have been featured in exhibitions worldwide.
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