The Weekly 411 (2/9/24)


© Izabella Lessa

Feb. 9, 2024 vol. 6

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Izabella Lessa.

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Picture Book Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the picture book, Jimmy's Shoes, by Patricia Tanumihardja, illustrated. by Derek Desierto (Abrams Books for Young Readers 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: On the island of Penang, Jimmy Choo is born into a family of shoemakers. At his father’s side, he learns to make all kinds of shoes—loafers, stilettos, slippers, and more.


After learning all he can at home, Jimmy immigrates to London, where he can study shoemaking by day and English by night. Nothing comes easy for newcomer Jimmy, but he works hard until he can launch his own business. At his Lucky Shoes, Jimmy specializes in shoes made just for the customer. Before long, he starts to make waves in the London fashion scene. One day, he gets a call from a very special customer—Diana, Princess of Wales, wants him to design shoes just for her. And the rest is history!


About the Author: Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, Patricia (Pat) Tanumihardja writes fun, heartwarming stories that often reflect her experiences growing up in Southeast Asia. Pat’s Chinese Indonesian parents encouraged her appetites for both delicious foods and good books, resulting in a writing career that spans both cookbooks and children’s books. She is the author of Ramen for Everyone, an indie bookstore favorite and a JLG Gold Selection. Pat lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son. You can find her on Instagram/X/Threads: @ediblewords and online:


About the Illustrator: Derek Desierto is a Vancouver-based illustrator whose books with Eva Chen include the New York Times bestseller Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Currently, he is living the dream as a freelance artist for animated TV shows and picture books. His ultimate goal in life is to meet Oprah and become one of her Favorite Things.

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  1. I love the bright colors and happy expression on the cover--this alone makes me want to read this book.

  2. Looks like an interesting biography of Jimny Choo!

  3. Love the frog on the bicycle! And this book about Jimmy Choo sounds wonderful! Congrats!

  4. I've not heard of this person, so I would love to learn more. And the cover is beautiful.

  5. I usually just read these in email, but had to pop on to say I am dying for Isabella's frog illustration!

  6. Book looks so fun!

  7. Looking forward to reading the bio of Jimmy Choo and how he started his empire.

  8. I look forward to reading this picture book. Congrats!


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