Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment

By Levi Pinfold

An enchanting tale of haunting places and mystical bargains, sumptuously illustrated by Levi Pinfold.

Washed clean in his pool we fall under his rule Away from what is, for we are now his. When a young girl and her brothers step into the ghostly Paradise Sands hotel, they fall under the rule of the mysterious Teller. She makes a deal with him to free them all from his haunting paradise. But can she hold up her side of the bargain?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406383942
  • Published: 03 Nov 2022
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 235 x 280 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'“Gorgeously illustrated, Paradise Sands is a modern fairy-tale. […] It’s mysterious and each page feels heavy with underlying messages to decode. While the story isn’t particularly long – it will fly by at bedtime – children will get lost in the ghostly tale and cinematic illustrations. 8/10' 'Children's Book of the Week', the Independent, syndicated in Northern Echo, Dundee Courier, East Anglian Daily Times, Eastern Daily Press, and Dorset Living

'This is a strange tale, laden with ambiguities. However, herein lies the appeal; succinct, carefully chosen text and hauntingly beautiful artwork create a story that demands that its readers return to each page, trying to figure out answers to questions whose answers exist only in readers’ imaginations. 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

'Four children are on their way to pick up their mother from the hospital. During a stop to gather flowers, the brothers are lured into a mysterious palatial building, leaving their sister to rescue them, but at a cost. Pinfold's stunning artwork is worthy of attention from readers of all ages, and barely needs the words to tell the tale. Truly haunting!' A bookseller on Edelweiss

'"Pinfold's stunning illustrations, with majestic animals, stretching landscapes and Charn-like edifices, stayed with me long after I closed the final page."' The Bookseller

'A stunning, unusual picture book which reads like a traditional fable.' Irish Independent, 56 cracking reads to keep kids entertained this Christmas

'This is a truly eerie tale with much left for the reader to ponder upon. Pinfold’s illustrations are mesmerising, unsettling and haunting, drawing us to them again and again in search of further meanings.' Red Reading Hub

'Just the most delightful and amazing picture book that can be enjoyed by older children and adults. The illustrations are exquisite, and you can really get lost in them searching for clues about the story.' Just Imagine, Favourite Books of 2022

'At every step of the story, there is much to absorb and spark discussion […] I cannot recommend this one highly enough.' Through the Bookshelf

'This breathtaking, high concept story can barely be contained in the pages of a humble book. Levi’s masterful storytelling transports readers to an entrancing and unsettling adventure […] A spell-binding work of art.' WRD

'This is a cleverly written tale that combines magical enchantment with atmospheric illustrations to entice the reader to read and re-read the story.' English 4-11

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