A crenulated turret here, a winding, arched staircase there, maybe even a giant turtle - fairy tale ideas are at the heart of every sandcastle. Summer after summer, children and adults alike make valiant efforts to infuse their sandy structures with such inspiration, but the results are generally disappointing. "With Sandcastles Made Simple", Lucinda 'sandy feet' Wierenga, a renowned sand sculptor, puts a permanent end to less-than-perfect beach creations. She provides the ultimate step-by-step guide to building impressive sandcastles and shows that with a few simple tools and a basic understanding of sand, building dream castles can be easy. The book features instructions for each of the elements - base, staircase, roof, balcony and more - that can be combined to fashion one-of-a-kind castles. Also included are two projects designed specifically for younger children. Like a shovel and pail, "Sandcastles Made Simple" is an on-the-beach necessity.
Lucinda Wierenga is a widely recognised sand sculptor who has won numerous international competitions. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and on a variety of television programmes. She lives in South Padre Island, Texas. Jamey Fountain is a professional photographer who lives in Massachusetts. His work can be seen at www.foultoad.com.