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So spooky! This book feels like it's coming off the page and playing an eerie short film in my head. The story reads like a classic, with our main character passing the tests of an otherworldly creature that holds her curious, greedy brothers captive. Can she save them from this ghostly world, or will she be taken too? Read this one when the sun is out, because it will give you the shivers!— From Gemma's Picks
A captivating tale of eerie places and mystical bargains, sumptuously illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medalist Levi Pinfold
Washed clean in his pool, we fall under his rule . . .
Away from what is, we all are now his.
When a young girl and her older brothers step into the ghostly Paradise Sands hotel, they fall under the rule of the mysterious Teller. The girl makes a deal with the commanding creature to free them all from his haunting paradise—and let them return to their mother, white roses in hand. But can the girl, determined as she is, hold up her side of the bargain? A contemporary story with the feel of a classic fairy tale, Levi Pinfold’s Paradise Sands is lush with enchanting illustrations, rendered in a muted palette with the artist’s distinctive stylistic realism.
About the Author
Levi Pinfold is the creator of the picture books The Django, Greenling, and Black Dog, a Kate Greenaway Medal winner. He is also the illustrator of The Dam by David Almond. Levi Pinfold lives in Australia.
Startling and memorable. . . glorious ambiguity invites repeat reads. . . . It is a rare picture book that works best with older readers—this is a stellar example.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
A story that demands that its readers return to each page. . . This mesmerizing work offers potential jumping-off points to discuss many topics, including magical realism, symbolism, family relationships and roles, and mental health.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Surreal. . . Themes of determination, family traditions, and love are manifested in the words and images. The washout-desert palette in the hauntingly beautiful realistic mixed-media illustrations creates an eerie sense of foreboding (carried through to the ambiguous ending) that cues readers into the otherworldliness of the story. . . . Masterful use of light, spot color, and scale mark this as a significant piece of bookmaking.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
A visually gripping, cyclical tale of sacrifice and determination. . . . Pragmatic text sits in somber contrast to Pinfold's lushly detailed and unsettling mixed-media artwork. The meticulous nature of the art lures the reader's eye to the tiniest illustrative details. . . . Pinfold (The Song from Somewhere Else) blends underworld mythology with fairy-tale sensibility to haunting effect.
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Haunting and surreal. . . Photorealistic and dazzling, the illustrations capture the fine details of spaces both real and imagined in precise, lasting terms.
—Foreword Reviews (starred review)
Chilly, precision-drafted spreads with dazzling architectural motifs confer gravitas on this haunting fairy tale centering a steely character who remains resolute in the face of trickery.
Pinfold lures readers into a story aswirl with mystery, dust, and darkness. . . Snippets of an eerie rhyme and the presence of a talking lion bestow a folkloric quality to the story, which also calls to mind Chris Van Allsburg’s Jumanji. . . a haunting journey that readers won’t easily shake.
The whole story has the haunting, ominous feel of an old, dark fairy tale. . . atmospheric.
—School Library Journal