Kings of the Castle (Hardcover)

By Victoria Turnbull, Victoria Turnbull (Illustrator)

Templar, 9780763692957, 44pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

List Price: 16.99*
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A book from Victoria Turnbull, a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize short-listed author-illustrator.

George didn't want to waste the night moon bathing. He wanted to build a sand castle that would turn any monster green with envy! But when George meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn. A starlit story of adventure, imagination, and friendship from the creator of The Sea Tiger.

About the Author

Victoria Turnbull spent her childhood absorbed by books and drawing. Her first picture book, The Sea Tiger, was short-listed for the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and in 2013 she won the Association of Illustrators New Talent Award in the children’s book category. Victoria Turnbull lives in London.

Praise For Kings of the Castle

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.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

There’s lots on offer in this lovely portrait of a friendship bridging difference—a splendid vision of what dreams can build, and a reminder of the riches that lie unseen in the people (and monsters) all around us.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Turnbull’s colored pencil illustrations are bright, with a little bit of haze perfectly capturing the moonlight bathing the sand and the ocean. A fantastical tale of friendship and acceptance that will be enjoyed by many young readers and can be shared one-on-one or with a group.
—School Library Journal