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 their signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.
When Jules's big sister bounds into the ocean, boogie board in tow, Jules makes plans to impress her via "the BIGGEST... FANCIEST... MOST EXCELLENT castle that has ever been built." Believing that "Maybe the Ocean will help!" she starts building right at the water's edge. But the sea seems determined to thwart her; its waves take not only her castles, but her green-handled bucket, too. Her sister assures her that the pathetic fallacy is all in her imagination ("This happens to everyone"), and together they collaborate on a giant, shell-studded free-form castle that meets all of Jules's criteria. After the ocean sends what seems to be the biggest wave of all crashing into it, the sisters share a moment of devil-may-care elation, dramatically recounting the events to their mother. Sima (Spencer's New Pet) fills her pages with humor: the waves that initially take out Jules's castles look comically sinister, and when the girl loses her bucket, her prone, face-down expression of defeat is worthy of Charlie Brown. The forces of nature and impermanence may be beyond our control, but Sima finds the funny in it. Ages 4 8.