Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment

Illustrator: Levi Pinfold

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Studio

Age 5+

Picture Storybooks

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?

Awarded CBCA 2023 Honour Book - Picture Book of the Year

2024 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards awarded Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment by Levi Pinfold the winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature


Levi Pinfold studied illustration at University College, Falmouth where he developed his distinctive stylized realism. He illustrated The Dam, written by David Almond, and The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, both highly acclaimed books. Levi has also won numerous awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal for Black Dog.


A wonderful picture book to return to many times, whether to appreciate the changing art, identify allusions or consider various interpretations.Recommended for older readers and interested adults.

Magpies Magazine

The composition of both the illustrative text and the story In Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment is outstanding. Levi Pinfold creates a classical yet ominous and suspenseful atmosphere. He generates extraordinary narrative and emotional tension between the temporal and transcendental. It is a universal tale.

Paper Bark Words

Another surreal illustrated book for older readers is Paradise Sands: A Story of Enchantment (Walker Studio) by Levi Pinfold. To save her brothers, a sister must withstand three days of fasting while others feast. Original, allusively layered and technically brilliant.]

The Australian,


CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
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