Gretchen Over the Beach

by R. W. Alley

In one of four small seasonal picture books created by veteran children's book illustrator R. W. Alley, Gretchen turns to her vivid imagination when she is left behind while her siblings swim in the ocean. 



  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547907086
  • ISBN-10: 0547907087
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 03/08/2016
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

On a breezy summer day, Gretchen and her family head to the ocean. Gretchen wants to swim with her older brothers and sister, but everyone ignores her. When the wind steals her new sun hat, she catches it by its ribbon and is lifted into the sky, far, far above the beach, where a friendly seagull is happy to play. This ode to imagination is one of four small books each featuring a different sibling and season, created by children’s book veteran R. W. Alley. Look for Mitchell on the Moon and Annabelle at the South Pole in Fall 2016.

About the author
R. W. Alley

R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved books, including the Paddington Bear picture book series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at


"The ink-and-watercolor illustrations, done in a pastel palette, display images of lighthouses, beach grass, and other flora along with Gretchen and her siblings, giving readers a vivid depiction of a coastal New England landscape.