So it is with "Kings of the Castle" by Victoria Turnbull.
The book opens with an adorable little monster character named George who wants to spend his playtime wisely. Not moonbathing or lazing around, or playing with his busy little dog Boris, but building the most perfect sandcastle the world has ever seen.
Just as George is getting started, a strange being emerges from the ocean. A weird monster unlike anything George has ever seen before.
The monster doesn't seem to understand George at all (in fact he seems to understand Boris better!) and George wanders off frustratingly. But thanks to Boris's frantic barking, George realises that there is a way they can communicate after all!
|A puzzling visitor emerges from the waves|
The two play together, build together - and as the ever-encroaching sea comes in to wash away their amazing creation, both realise that they've found a new friend.
|Love this bit, which reminded me of Sendak's sublime "Where the Wild Things Are"|
Charlotte's best bit: The amazing sandcastle that George and Nepo build.
Daddy's favourite bit: Beautiful and dreamlike, with the most subtle and deliciously delivered symbolism. Amazing piece of work!
(Kindly sent to us for review by Templar Publishing)
"Kings of the Castle"
Written and Illustrated by Victoria Turnbull
Published by Templar Publishing
Publication Date: 5th May 2016