Children’s picture books

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

Author: Jackie Morris, Ehsan Abdollahi Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Tiny Owl Publishing have a series of books called ‘One Story, Many Voices’, where authors and illustrators explore well known fairy tales from different perspectives. Here, the Twelve Dancing Princesses from the Brothers Grimm are transformed into The Secret of the Tattered Shoes by Jackie Morris. I opened the package containing the book and exclaimed in delight. The illustrations by Ehsan Abdollahi carry the story perfectly, the gold glistens, the pears call to be picked, the background as stunning as the puppet-like characters. The story by award-winning Jackie Morris sits boldly on the page, simple, evocative, familiar yet different. The love that Jackie Morris holds for nature shines through, while the ending made me smile, it suits, it feels, well, just so right. The Secret of the Tattered Shoes conjures the traditional fairy tale yet awakens new feelings and thoughts. I absolutely adored this rich and vibrant tale, both for the new interpretation, and the illustrations which adorn it.

A Walk in Paris

A Walk in Paris

Author: Salvatore Rubbino Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Illustrator Salvatore Rubbino brings Paris alive in this brilliant sequel to A Walk in New York and A Walk in London. A young girl and her grandfather set out to explore Paris. There is so much to look at and so much to learn about the buildings and how they were designed. The illustrations are packed full of wonderful details especially about the architecture but not forgetting the delicious food that can so easily be found in Paris. Readers will feel they have been in Paris – almost! – especially when they reach the amazing fold out Eiffel Tower.