The Secret of the Tattered Shoes



ISBN: 9781910328378 Categories: ,

Jackie Morris, Ehsan Abdollahi


Selected by The Guardian as one of the top children’s books of 2019.

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about twelve princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose dancing shoes are still worn down by morning. A young soldier is tasked to discover their night-time adventures. But unlike the story told by the Brothers Grimm, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie’s dark and poetic text updates this well-known tale and shows how stories evolve and adapt over time.

Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, who has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, this unique illustrative style brings the story to life and perfectly encapsulate the beauty and melancholy of the story.

Additional information

Weight 441 g
Dimensions 28.1 x 24.6 cm
Publisher name Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd
Publication date 26 November 2019
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.1 x 24.6 cm
Weight 441 g


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Jackie Morris is an internationally best-selling illustrator and author who lives in a small cottage on the Pembrokeshire coast. Her illustration of The Lost Words was recognised by UK booksellers who voted it the most beautiful in 2016. Originally from Birmingham, Jackie visited Pembrokeshire over 20 years ago for the weekend and never left. Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator, animator and teaches at Tehran Art University in Iran. Ehsan creates handmade and hand-coloured paper in his collages. Ehsan has illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015), A Bottle of Happiness (2016) and Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (2018).