LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Jessie Sima - Jules vs. the Ocean

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 11:00am

Thursday, June 18, 11am CST
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Left Bank Books is very excited to announce another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome author/illustrator Jessie Sima, who will read aloud her new picture book, Jules vs. the Ocean, on Facebook Live at 11am CST on June 18. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Jules vs. the Ocean from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a story about a young girl determined to impress her older sister by building elaborate sandcastles, even if that means standing up to the ocean and its smash-happy waves!

Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed.

But the ocean has other plans.

Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them.

And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw.

Jules is going to take a stand!

From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood—told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.

"The clear, natural-sounding text reads aloud well, and large-type words and capitalization indicate which words to emphasize. In the digital artwork, the rounded lines and harmonious colors set a pleasing tone while depicting the characters expressively. This sunny picture book recreates a child’s memorable encounter with nature." Booklist 

Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. She grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that she was a storyteller. Once she figured it out, she told her family and friends. They took it quite well. She is the author of Not Quite NarwhalHarriet Gets Carried AwayLove, ZSnow Pony and the Seven Miniature PoniesSpencer’s New Pet; and Jules vs. the Ocean. You can visit her at

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

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Jules vs. the Ocean By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534441682
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2020