Granny Grommet has surfed her way into this year's CBCA shortlist for best picture book.
We follow Granny and her friends as they don their wetsuits, slip, slop & slap and hit the waves with their surfboards.
Meanwhile, Garnny's young granddaughter sits on the beach, scared of the waves and the deep. She tries skim boarding until a big wave frightens. She sits in a rock pool with Granny and her friends admiring the creatures until they ask her to snorkel with them.
Unsure she floats out on a board with all the grommets...finally she puts her head into the water and sees all the glorious colour and movement in the shallow reef.
The illustrations are lovely - sea greens and blues dominate each page, with sweet, friendly faces.
The final page is an information page with advice on swimming & snorkelling safely in Australian waters...including always swim with an adult, slip, slop & slap and how to breath through a snorkel.
P.S. Grommet is surfer slang for a young, inexperienced surfer.