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This Beach Is Loud!

(Little Senses)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Patience, understanding, and a soothing exercise saves the beach day when excitement turns to sensory overload.

Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky...and it gets everywhere! In This Beach Is Loud!, a sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo's
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Dial Books
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Hannah Greendale
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Father and son head to the beach, but there are lots of people there making noise, noise, NOISE! This is a wonderful book for kids who get overstimulated or anxious from external input.

Inventive illustrations, diverse families depicted in the background, and a helpful tip for calming down in a disruptive environment.
Take a deep breath and give Sharkie a squeeze. Now tap your fingers and count to three . . .

You've got this.
1-2-3 tap . . .
1-2-3 tap . . .

1-2-3- tap . . .
1-2-3- tap . . .

You did
I love this. I subbed for a story time today and I did a beach/swimming theme and I grabbed this one off the shelf and added it to my repertoire. The story is about a kid experiencing sensory overload during a trip to the beach, but the text is very simple and accessible. It's an easy added dimension to help kids with their summer beach experience. The illustrations are cute and the text integrates really beautifully with the pictures. Definitely a good book to use if there are neurodiverse kidd ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little boy has been eager to head to the beach for a long time, but when he actually arrives he discovers that it is loud and uncomfortable. But his dad reminds him of his coping techniques and the boy puts them into action. It's a helpful book for kids learning to handle sensory overload. ...more
You don't see many books about kids with sensory issues. This addresses the issue itself, without getting into labels or diagnoses or anything. Nicely done. ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cheryl by: Kathryn
Ok, I'm sensitive to noise myself, but not to this degree. And tapping it out wouldn't help. And when I was little I never would have dreamed of stressing out my parents like that. This dad is a hero, even more than my wonderful daddy.

For the right audience this could be a five-star book and I sincerely hope it actually helps. It might help kin or friends of sensitive people even more, though. It didn't fit into my experience as parent or former child, however.

I do recommend if you're interest
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sensory overload at the seashore.
Sadina Shawver
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I really love this book. It's a great showcase on feelings communication for neurotypical and atypical alike. ...more
Read this with Mister last night in preparation for our upcoming beach trip; recently I have noticed him covering his ears and saying, "too loud! too loud!" (which is a bit worrisome for me) to random things like lawn mowers and people talking and tv noises. I'm keeping an eye (an ear?) out for this, and I thought that this beautiful, simple book would be a great start to talking about our trip. (He has been to the beach before, though he is so little I wasn't sure if he would remember.)

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Maria Morrison
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a mother of an autistic child, this book hit home. So true to our experiences, and my daughter immediately empathized with the child in the book. She took the deep breaths with them, and was happy to see some of the same objects we use for preparations reflected in the book. Bravo!
Samantha Osborne
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
a cute story about a boy and his dad at the beach
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little boy is so excited to be headed to the beach with his father! He even made breakfast, packed and got dressed before his father woke up. On the way to the beach, he keeps up an excited chatter. But once they get there, the beach is crowded and loud. They set up their umbrella and towel a little apart from the crowd, but it’s still too sandy and hot. The boy wants to go home, right now! But his patient father helps him breathe and count. They set up a quiet fort and take some time. Soon ev ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of another book that deals with a kid with sensory issues. I liked how it shows various coping methods (the title page even has a list of things to do the prepare, like read about beaches, play in sandbox, pick out swimsuit). Even though the sounds and textures at the beach are overwhelming, he is able to use his coping methods to have fun after all. But the best part is that the kid isn't just his issue: he talks and learns and gets very excited (and talks his dad's ear off). The ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: preschool-1st grade
The overwhelming nature of a beach outing is handled adroitly by dad when a boy wants to leave when the sounds and sensations are too much. The boy likely has sensory processing and/or is on the autism spectrum, but this could be shared with any child--we've all been overwhelmed by new situations particularly when expectations don't match reality.

Illustrations are realistic, sometimes simply showing outlines of objects. The boy's excitement is conveyed by amount of text on the page as he talks
Lynne Marie
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Nicely written, with a differently-abled MC with sensory issues.
My daughter has autism and suffers from sensory integration
disorder, so while she would identify with this book (for years
she wouldn't even put her feet down on the sand), I'm quite sure
it would be a favorite of hers as she seems to read more for enjoyment
and experience than to see herself in a book. I asked what she thought
about it and said, emphatically, NO. Perhaps it strives also to assist others
in understanding autistic c
Becky B
A little boy is SUPER excited to go the beach. But when he and his dad finally get there, he doesn't like the texture of the sand and all the noise is a bit overwhelming. Is the day ruined, or can he enjoy the beach?

The boy's father does a good job of redirecting the boy's attention to kinesthetic, auditory, and sensory distractions. I missed the page where the dad explains it the first time I read this and had to flip back because I couldn't believe just saying the words was all. It wasn't. Hel
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In these two books of the Little Senses Series; “This Beach Is Loud!” and “Nope. Never. Not for Me!” we follow the experiences of two children with Autism as they try to tackle everyday life. At first the beach seems like a great idea, but it soon turns into a scary and too busy place. With a coping mechanism from his dad the little boy begins to enjoy it. The second book is about fussy eating and how a mom manages to convince her son to give new foods a try. These would be a great addition to s ...more
A boy and his father go to the beach, but when they arrive, the boy finds the beach is an overwhelming sensory experience— the sand is hot and bumpy, the people and birds are noisy, it’s all too much! The father helps his son regulate through a pattern of counting and tapping, and they have a great day at the beach. Father and son are illustrated with light brown skin and black hair. The illustrations and book formatting generally are exceptional and pleasing to the eye. A beautiful and well-con ...more
Brittany Baker
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book does an excellent job of representing the roller coaster of energy and feelings this young boy experiences on his first day at the beach. I felt like I was right there with the father as his son peppered him with questions during the car ride, and I was quite moved when he helped his son work through the overwhelming stimuli and resulting emotions from his first impressions of the beach so that they could have simple, fun beach moments together. Funny and triumphant.
Age: Preschool-1st grade
Identity: Autism

Initially excited to go, one boy experiences sensory overload at the beach. It's busy and loud and the overwhelmed boy is determined to go home. Attentive and calm, the father moves their beach gear to a quieter spot and encourages the boy to take a deep breath and tap his fingers while counting to three.

Simple text and bright illustrations make this a welcome addition for picture books about autistic children.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
A boy is overwhelmed by all the noise at the beach. His dad helps him calm down by tapping his fingers and counting to three over and over. I like all the colorful beach imagery, and the amount of text is good for the age group. The boy's sensitivity to the beach noises made me wonder if there were some senory issues involved? I considered the beach that loud before, what with all the ocean white noise. ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It normalizes sensory overwhelm without making too big a deal out of it. Very appealing illustrations that also give a sense of when the ambient noise is manageable for the kid, as opposed to overwhelming. I love that it's a brown-skinned child (and dad) and although the jacket says it's a boy, there's nothing actually in the text, so you can use whatever pronouns you like when talking about the story with your kid(s). ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that this book shows how a kids with sensory issues might experience the book. It certainly triggered my empathy and I think it would help with other kids who don’t get it. It might even help a kid who has sensory issues know what to expect. I like that the dad helps the boy calm down but I’m not sure every person with sensory issues would be able to calm down enough to enjoy the loud/overwhelming beach.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really did like the design of this book. It's got a lot of humor and I appreciate the way it charmingly and truthfully portrays a kid who's just overwhelmed by it all and the patient calm of the dad helping him through it so he can regain his original enthusiasm for the beach trip. I'm glad this series is here! ...more
Sep 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
Great way to show parents how many sounds kids can hear at one time and how that can be overwhelming for them. I think kids might also get something out of it - seeing how there can be lots of sounds but they can cover their ears and use strategies to help calm down and that the beach can be an okay place.
Chris Hays
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is great as the protagonist is on the spectrum...yet it is not overly stated. Any adult will be able to identify with some of the traits with all kids. I don't think students will notice the "on spectrum" aspect. They will be able to learn about unique personalities and challenges some of us face in day to day life. ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ages 4 and up. This bright, humorous story of a trip to the beach will appeal to all children who can be overwhelmed by too much hustle and bustle, but the problem and the solution presented by the father is also written to address this issue for kids on the autism spectrum. Features a brown boy as the protagonist.
Jo Oehrlein
Not 100% sure how you would read this book out loud as 2 different pages just show waves of constant words as they drive to/from the beach.

A little one is SO excited for the beach, but is overwhelmed by all the sound and the feel of the sand in his boots and the heat. Once he has time to deal with the overload, he has a great time.

Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
a wonderful toddler or preschool book about how the beach can be overstimulating! I wanted a page at the back of the book describing how you can try the coping technique that the dad encouraged the child to use. I imagine this would be an interesting and relatable book for many children, not just those on the spectrum.
Sarah Garfinkel
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing is so good, the reader can really feel what the child is going through during the course of the journey, as well as experience the peace and joy at the end. Illustrations are marvelously clever and fun!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Going to the beach is super exciting for kids...but it also can be overwhelming. This is the story of a kid who, with help from his dad, learns to control the sensory overload of the beach and have fun on his visit.
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