Chip the Lifeguard
Publisher: Little Hare
In this delightful follow-up to Chip, the irrepressible and resourceful seagull sets his sights on becoming a lifeguard. Undeterred by an officious guard dog named Nugget who chases him away on sight Chip dons a disguise, sneaks into the surf club and joins the nippers in the water. Disaster soon strikes and Chip’s dream appears over, until he spots a swimmer in trouble and springs into action. Warnings about the potential dangers of sun and surf and important beach safety tips are cleverly incorporated into the story, which is destined to join its predecessor as a family favourite. Jokes, witty asides and clever plays on words will reward perceptive readers and amuse the adults who will no doubt be inundated by requests for repeated readings. Themes of following your dreams, perseverance, teamwork and the value of friendship are seamlessly interwoven into this cautionary tale which will delight Chip fans both young and old. Chip the Lifeguard is the perfect picture book for an Australian summer.