Robert Munsch

The Sandcastle Contest

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780439955904 Paperback
ISBN 9780439946186 Book and CD package
Also available in French: J'ai un beau ch√Ęteau

Matthew’s family is off to the cottage. When they arrive, there is a sandcastle contest going on. Matthew builds a magnificent sand house . . . one so good that the judges can’t even tell it’s not real!

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About the story

The Sandcastle Contest is actually three stories that got stuck together. One story was made up for Robert Munsch's daughter Tyya while the family was on vacation on a little island in the Caribbean called Nevis. Tyya was six years old then, and she loved to build sandcastles. Munsch made up a story where she built such a nice sandcastle that everybody thought it was a real castle. This story became one of his "beach stories," and he told it whenever he was telling stories on a beach or in a sandbox.

Meanwhile, every summer, the Luttmans, who live on Munsch's street, loaded up a camper with all sorts of stuff and then put five bicycles on top of the camper and drove off. Munsch decided to make up a story about a family who took along EVERYTHING for a camping trip!

Meanwhile, the Luttman kids were bugging their parents to get a dog. Munsch had made up lots of stories about kids who wanted a dog, but none of them was ever any good.

All of a sudden, these three things got tangled into one story, and out came The Sandcastle Contest.

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.