Always enthusistic Hamlet the pig builds the world's biggest sandcastle while his worry-wart pal Quince warns of every danger under the sun. Sure enough disaster looms when the rising tide traps them far from shore, but quick thinking and cooperation save the day.
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BRIAN LIES studied art at Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston before beginning a career in political illustration. He illustrated his first children's book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye, by Eth Clifford, in 1990. Since then he has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, including Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, which he also wrote.From Publishers Weekly:
Previously met in Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, best friends Hamlet the pig and Quince the porcupine are back, headed for trouble once again as they take the train to the beach. Ever-optimistic Hamlet can think of nothing but what he plans to build ("The wheels on the track clacked a rhythm that sounded like `Castle-castle-castle'"). At the same time, Quince, who worries about everything from driftwood splinters to jellyfish, hears "Careful-careful-careful." Once there, Quince settles in (with sunscreen, of course) to keep watch, while Hamlet trots off to construct his masterpiece, an enormous edifice replete with a moat, tunnels, stables, a dungeon, a secret passage and "battlements, buttresses and arches." But unbeknownst to the now-napping Quince and the blithely unaware builder, the tide has come in, bringing with it angry clouds. As the castle crumbles, the two make a perilous voyage back to shore in quick-thinking Quince's upturned beach umbrella. If odd couple Hamlet and Quince traverse a well-trodden thematic path, their genuinely likable personalities invite humorous embellishment. Nimble watercolors play up comic elements and excitement (chilly greens and grays ratchet up the suspense of the escape sequence), and a teaser ending paves the way for another adventure. Ages 5-8.
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