The Wave is one of my favorite picture books. There are no words in the story so the reader is left to create their own story in their mind simply by looking at the pictures. The story is about a young girl playing at the beach. She plays and splashes in the waves with the usual seagulls looking on. She continues to tease the waves until disaster strikes. However, where there is a disaster, there are also rewards. The illustrations in this book are simple, but very great. They consist only of charcoal and blue paint, but are splendidly done. This is a great story for anyone who likes the beach.