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Children's Nonfiction Fashion

Jimmy's Shoes

The Story of Jimmy Choo, Shoemaker to a Princess

by (author) Patricia Tanumihardja

illustrated by Derek Desierto

Abrams Books for Young Readers
Initial publish date
Aug 2023
Fashion, Art, Royalty
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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A picture book biography of the shoemaker Jimmy Choo, tracing his life from his father’s workshop in Penang to the runways of London to the halls of Kensington Palace.

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!

From author Patricia Tanumihardja and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Desierto Jimmy’s Shoes: The Story of Jimmy Choo, Shoemaker to a Princess is a fabulous and engaging picture book biography about Jimmy Choo that is sure to inspire!

About the authors

Born in Jakarta to Indonesian Chinese parents and raised in Singapore, Patricia Tanumihardja has been a food writer and cookbook author for close to two decades. She has also developed recipes for Highlights High Five magazine. Tanumihardja is the author of Jimmy’s Shoes and Ramen for Everyone. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Derek Desierto is a designer, an artist for animated TV shows, and the illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling picture book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, by Eva Chen, among other titles. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

Desierto, who has experience in television animation, contributes a series of vividly colored, dynamic illustrations that will help children engage with Choo’s story. An attractive picture-book biography.


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