“But Lula wouldn’t go. She couldn’t. This was their home!”
Lula’s family home, set on a beautiful beach, is due to be sold and demolished to make way for a highway. When Lula rescues a tiny sea creature from a gull, little does she know that this simple act of kindness will save both of their homes.
The sea creature (who Lula names Bean) grows at an alarming rate (possibly thanks to all the food Lula provides for him from her pantry) and she patiently relocates him to progressively larger rock pools as he outgrows each one in turn. As the time to leave her home arrives, Lula packs her bags sadly and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bean, her home and the beach. Where will all the wildlife live if the beach is destroyed? As the family pack their car to leave, the bulldozers arrive to start work on the highway. Lula stands defiantly in front of them and refuses to leave, but it takes the sight of a Bean, now a fully-fledged giant sea monster, wrapped around the house to scare them off and leave the beach untouched.
Alex Latimer has crafted a thoroughly engaging picture book full of gorgeous seaside illustrations in summer-bright colours.