Sandcastle

Einat Tsarfati

Book - 2020

Building a grand sandcastle which attracts visiting royals from fairy-tale worlds, an imaginative young girl is dismayed by the constant sand that gets into everything, from the royal almond strudel and fig milk bath to the crocodile moat and badminton court.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2020.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Hebrew
Item Description
English translation rights arranged through S.B. Rights Agency -- Stephanie Barrouillet.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781536211436
1536211435
Main Author
Einat Tsarfati (author)
Other Authors
Stephanie Barrouillet (translator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* A girl loves building sandcastles on the beach, especially when they're actual castles with domes and turrets and chandeliers and ornately scalloped ceilings. In fact, her sandcastle is so elaborate that kings and queens come from all over the world to marvel at its majesty. It has an ice rink, carousel, climbing wall, greenhouse, in-home theater, and so much more. At night, there's a grand party in the ballroom, but by breakfast, the royal guests are beginning to complain of the sand in their food, their clothes, their baths, and their beds. So the master builder starts a sandball fight, and suddenly the sea comes in and washes everyone away. Everything about this book is a joy, from the gorgeous endpapers to the wordless spreads that have an almost Wes Anderson–level of meticulous attention to detail and a Where's Waldo? number of tiny vignettes to seek and find. The artwork is delightfully whimsical, with medieval knights playing Twister and mummies and pirates and bikini-clad elephants sunbathing among typical beachgoers. It's lusciously diverse and multicultural in its representation of royalty from across the world (and across time barriers). Best of all, the hidden peekaboos—a unicorn here, a mermaid there, bird-people on the side—make the pages worth revisiting over and over. Every page is an utter pleasure. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A girl visits the beach and shares her love of building sandcastles with a multitude of characters who come to enjoy the wonder of the expansive castle she makes. Soon, the guests become upset when everything starts to turn to sand. The little girl explains that sand is what the castle is made of, then a sand-ball fight ensues. And, just like that, everything is washed away in the tide. Tsarfati's story is entertaining and shares one little girl's love of sandcastles in a unique way. In a time when technology is all around us, this story reminds us that simple things, like sandcastles, can help our imaginations run rampant. Tsarfati's illustrations are engrossing and detailed, and they could easily be used in a wordless picture book. The detail and vibrancy makes it hard to turn the pages, for there are suprises everywhere. VERDICT Worth considering for purchase. Glimpses of familiar characters, from other books or movies are a special treat.—Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Building a grand sandcastle which attracts visiting royals from fairy-tale worlds, an imaginative young girl is dismayed by the constant sand that gets into everything, from the royal almond strudel and fig milk bath to the crocodile moat and badminton court.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Building a sandcastle that is so grand it attracts visiting royals from fairy-tale worlds, an imaginative young girl is dismayed by the constant sand that gets into everything, from the royal almond strudel and fig milk bath to the crocodile moat and badminton court. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Step inside a sumptuous sandcastle packed with amazing and amusing visual details for a beach day that’s fit for royalty.A young girl loves building sandcastles. But not just any sandcastles. She builds one so big and grand and lovely that all the royals of the world come to visit. There are banquets and balls and tournaments, a greenhouse for cacti, a staircase for skateboarding, and ice cream around the clock. Everyone seems to be having fun, until they discover sand in the royal almond strudel . . . and the fig milk bath . . . and everywhere! With a keen eye for the absurd, author-illustrator Einat Tsarfati invites readers beyond the crocodile moat to explore the intricately detailed, increasingly wild festivities that echo the arc of a day at the beach, from euphoria to gritty discomfort. The diverse cast of regal guests, from a Rapunzel-esque princess in pj’s and unicorn slippers to a pair of knights playing badminton, is just as inspired. A visual treat of a tale, Sandcastle opens the doors to a world by the sea where wit and imagination reign.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Step inside a sumptuous sandcastle packed with amazing and amusing visual details for a beach day that's fit for royalty.A young girl loves building sandcastles. But not just any sandcastles. She builds one so big and grand and lovely that all the royals of the world come to visit. There are banquets and balls and tournaments, a greenhouse for cacti, a staircase for skateboarding, and ice cream around the clock. Everyone seems to be having fun, until they discover sand in the royal almond strudel . . . and the fig milk bath . . . and everywhere! With a keen eye for the absurd, author-illustrator Einat Tsarfati invites readers beyond the crocodile moat to explore the intricately detailed, increasingly wild festivities that echo the arc of a day at the beach, from euphoria to gritty discomfort. The diverse cast of regal guests, from a Rapunzel-esque princess in pj's and unicorn slippers to a pair of knights playing badminton, is just as inspired. A visual treat of a tale, Sandcastle opens the doors to a world by the sea where wit and imagination reign.