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Shoe nr. 39

Jaanus Vaiksoo

  • Illustrator: Katrin Kaev
  • Language: Estonian
  • Ärkel
  • 2019, 183 pp
  • ISBN: 9789949727223
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 10+
Rights sold: Slovenian, Latvian

Fifth-grader Paul sleeps in for the first time in his life and doesn’t make it to school. Yet when he goes out for a walk, it turns out that the day’s extraordinary events aren’t just about to start. A series of incidents unfold, starring a stunning saleswoman Katja, a pair of daft bullies, the arty Arthur and Arthur’s witty daughter Minna (who will become Paul's best friend). The real protagonist in all these events, however, is a strange man who buys a brand-new pair of size-39 shoes every single day without trying them on first. What? Why would anyone do that? Paul just HAS to find out.

2020 The White Ravens
2019 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2019 Good Children's Book