Book Review | A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By the Ocean

Posted on Apr 15 2018 - 2:15pm by Kelley

If there’s one thing we don’t have a shortage of in our house, it’s books. The plus side is, there’s always something for the kids to do. The downside is, my nine year old reads books faster than I can finish my dinner. Seriously. He loves to read and he almost always has his nose in a book from the moment he’s finished with homework until he falls asleep on a daily basis.


One of his most recent favorites is called, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By the Ocean by Kir Fox and Shelley Coats.

Davy’s fifth grade class uncovers the secrets of their peculiar town in a series of linked tales that pair the whimsy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School with the delightful eeriness of Welcome to Night Vale.

Welcome to Topsea, the strangest place you’ll ever visit. In this town, the coves are bottomless and the pier has no end in sight. There’s a high tide and a low tide… and a vanishing tide. Dogs are a myth, but mermaids are totally real. And seaweed is the main ingredient in every meal—watch out, it might just start chewing you back!

New kid Davy definitely thinks Topsea is strange. His mom keeps saying they’ll get used to life in their new town—it’s just the way things are on the coast! But after his first day at Topsea School, Davy finds himself wondering: Why is his locker all the way at the bottom of the school swimming pool? Why can’t anyone remember his name? (It’s Davy!) And why does everyone act like all of this is normal?!

This book is such a fun read! I loved hearing Landyn recap each chapter and eager to continue to read more. As a mom, I love stories that will challenge my kids. That will make them want to keep reading and ask questions. This story did that for Landyn and more! He had so much fun imagining what it would be like to be Davy and envisioning what Topsea School and his home looked like. If there’s one thing that kids are great at, it’s using their imagination when reading stories that are written well enough for them to truly imagine.

A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By the Ocean goes on sale tomorrow. You can pre-order it now on!

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