Sandy Brown Sandcastle (Hardcover)


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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 and tour the inside of this glorious sandcastle.
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, increasing festivities that echo the arc of a day at the beach, from euphoria fun to the gritty discomfort of sand everywhere.
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. 
  • Sandcastle
  • Written and illustrated by Einat Tsarfati
  • Published by Candlewick Press; May 5, 2020
  • Ages 4 to 6 years
  • 0.5" x 11.1" x 8.4" (1.05 lbs.) 48 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Imagination, Beaches, Building Sandcastles


The fun of this treasure trove begins with its tactile cover: a sandpapery castle against the glossy blue-sky antics of the girl who built it… Tsarfati sneaks in sublimely ridiculous details: Look, there’s an igloo on the beach, wisely in partial shade. She even hides a tiny swimsuit-wearing mouse throughout, à la Richard Scarry’s gold bug.
—The New York Times Book Review