Down Under the Pier


They don’t know what we know—to slip down the stairs when the tide is low, away from it all, where almost nobody goes.


There’s lots of fun to be had up on the pier—the Ferris wheel, cotton candy, the carousel—but it’s down under the pier, at low tide, where the real magic can be found.

Children are invited to experience the fantastical realm of the natural world, from mussels and barnacles to kelp and seashells, all hiding mere steps away from the lights and games of the pier.

A brief guide to some common creatures of the intertidal community can be found at the back of the book, the opportunity for learning a welcome supplement to Beckerman’s poetic adventure and Sumpter’s equally enchanting illustrations.

SKU: 978-1-944903-86-2 Category:

Author's Bio

Nell Cross Beckerman writes picture books for children, inspired by the magic of nature and the human spirit. She has produced, written, and directed shows for VH1, MTV, MSNBC, and the Discovery Channel. Her dad is a retired marine biologist and her mom was a YA librarian in the Bronx in the ’70s. She lives in Venice Beach with her husband and two daughters.

Rachell Sumpter is a painter and illustrator whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Penguin Random House Books, McSweeney’s, the Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. In addition to creating illustrations she is also an art professor, shows her work in galleries, teaches workshops at museums, enjoys reading, observing nature, and spending time with her partner and their two children. She lives in Seattle. This is her first children’s book.

Additional information

Dimensions 9.75 × 11.25 in
Written By

Nell Cross Beckerman

Illustrations By

Rachell Sumpter

Number of Pages


Trim Size

11.25 x 9.75



Published On

April 2020


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