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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published November 12th 2019
Join Bluey as she explores the beach in her very first picture book
Bluey The Beach, Bluey, Children's Books
Ludo Studio. Penguin Books.

Bluey has become an international sensation. This charming, Australian animated television show for pre-schoolers about a Blue Heeler pup named Bluey, has enjoyed positive praise from critics and has amassed such a large audience it has become the most watched children's television program in Australia.

The series was created by Joe Brumm and developed by a Queensland production group called Ludo Studio. The show was co-commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Network (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The first series premiered on 1 October 2018 on ABC Kids. The show quickly became a monster hit among both children and adults, with praise being given for its family and social themes, parenting messages, and for having a positive father figure on the show. Joe Brumm was inspired to create Bluey after watching his two children engage in unstructured, imaginative playtime.

The success of Bluey is showing no signs of stopping. As of August 2019, the show has been streamed over 100 million times since its premiere, making it the most-watched program ever to appear on ABC iView. Bluey premiered in the USA on Disney Junior and DisneyNow on 9 September 2019 (still with their Aussie accents!) where it has been met with positive reception and praised for its family dynamic and for being good enough that parents can sit and watch it with their kids and enjoy it with them

Bluey the Beach is a lift-the-flap children's book and is one of the first to be based on the successful TV series. It was published on 5 November 2019 by Penguin and is 24 pages long and retails for between $11.99 and $14.99. The book is based off episode 26 of Bluey which was called 'The Beach' and aired on 26 October 2018 to 157,000 Australian viewers.

I am a big fan of Bluey. I love watching the show with my daughter and have even been known to watch it on my own sometimes. The Beach is one of my favourite episodes of the show. The book follows the plot of the episode scene for scene.

Bluey and her family go on a trip to the beach. They set up a tent and play in the waves and build sandcastles. After Mum sets off for a long walk along the beach by herself, Bluey finds a beautiful shell and asks if she can show Mum. Dad says she can walk after Mum but instructs her to stay out of the water.

Bluey sets off after Mum and encounters all sorts of things along the beach. She skips, runs and does cartwheels and there are lift-the-flap sections where children can pull back a section of the page and watch Bluey get up to mischief.

The Beach was a delight to read. It is designed for younger readers but adults will enjoy reading it as well. I love the relationship that Bluey has with her Mum in this book. Bluey is only six-years-old and is still very attached to her Mum like most kids are at that age. Her determination to join her Mum on her walk along the beach to show her the exciting shell she found tugged at my heartstrings.
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Why? Bluey the Beach is a lift-the-flap children’s book that is based off the hit ABC KIDS TV show Bluey, which follows the adventures of a Blue Heeler pup named Bluey who lives with her Mum, her Dad and her little sister Bingo.
Cost: $11.99 - $14.99
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