“A pleasant and playful tale about sisters, sand castles, and the ocean.”
Jules cannot wait to make the “BIGGEST . . . FANCIEST . . . MOST EXCELLENT” sand castle ever during her outing to the beach with her older sister and mom. Jules grabs her bucket, eager to make a castle that will impress her sister, and wonders if the ocean will help her in her task. As she begins to build, it’s clear the ocean will not help as a wave crashes down and obliterates her work. She tries a few more times with the same end result, eventually losing her bucket to the tide and dramatically lying face down in the sand. Jules’ older sister reassures Jules that it happens to everyone and helps her make the most amazing castle ever with just their hands—that is, until the ocean sweeps it all away again (though this time the girls acknowledge how cool the ocean is instead of feeling upset). As they leave the beach, their mom wisely advises the girls that it happens to everyone and explains how the moon plays a part in the ocean’s tides. Sima’s illustrations mirror the story in its simplistic and playful style with a few greater moments, like the sunlight reflecting off the ocean. The characters are unique and not idealistic, with slightly larger-than-average noses. A loving older sister and her helpful response quietly shines through in this pleasant read about an unremarkable yet memorable day at the beach.
From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a story about a young girl determined to impress her older sister by building elaborate sandcastles, even if that means standing up to the ocean and its smash-happy waves!
Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed.
But the ocean has other plans.
Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them.
And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw.
Jules is going to take a stand!
From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood—told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.
A sweet look at a day on the beach through the lens of the big sister/little sister relationship. I love that the big sister stops her solo play to help her distraught little sister.
Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. She grew up in a small town in Southern New Jersey, unaware that she was a storyteller. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. She is the author of Not Quite Narwhal, Harriet Gets Carried Away, and Love, Z. You can visit her at JessieSima.com.