Two creatures build a fantastical world together, forging a lifelong friendship.
At dusk, George heads to the shore hoping to create the ultimate sand castle. But the catlike beast only finds discouragement until a silhouette emerges offshore. Part Loch Ness monster, part fish, Nepo arrives. Unfamiliar to each other, the bipeds fail at communication until art becomes their universal language. Under a star-filled sky, the nocturnal creatures embark on their shared enterprise, creating a sublime sand kingdom. With dawn comes the tide, and their empire washes away—a fleeting moment in nature’s history. Turnbull beautifully juxtaposes the ephemerality of their kingdom with the lasting power of their friendship. The artist’s refined linework and skilled draftsmanship reveal a technical skill worthy of the picture-book masters she emulates. With her colored pencils, Turnbull captures Moebius’ color palette; Winsor McKay’s innovative use of comic panels; and Maurice Sendak’s emotive and appealing character designs.
A marvelous journey worth taking. (Picture book. 3-7)