ACHUKA Book of the Day 3 Jun 2022
“Leng offers details that create an authentic setting and narrative while leaving room for child viewers to interpret the characters’ relationships to one another as they will. There’s a corresponding generosity in the rich array of people who surround the children, each involved in their own activities—sunbathing, picnicking, running, playing.” Horn Book
The creators of Over the Shop — an ACHUKA Book of the Year in 2021 — evoke a perfect summer beach day in a wordless, sun-warmed, salt-stained delight of a story.
A busload of beachgoers spills out onto the sand for a day of fun and frolic. Three siblings begin work on a castle, patting and shaping the sand as the sun arcs over the sky. Time and again, their progress is halted: a windswept hat topples their creation; a toddler ambles through it; the tide creeps close, and then too close. Meeting each demolition with fresh determination, the builders outdo themselves time and again, until the moment arrives to pile back into the bus for home. An authentic portrait of sibling cooperation and aglorious inspiration for creative people of all ages.
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