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Shadow Wall

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Through the power of human connection and some enchanting gifts, little Scarlet transforms her world...

Recommended ages: for 0 - 7yrs old

Author: Olivia Coates

Illustrator: Anastasia Bukhnina

Format: Hardcover


What is this picture book about? 

Once Scarlet lived in a home filled with colour, where she painted with Grandma Ruby.

Green meadows, blue wild flowers, and yellow ducklings danced across the canvas.

But not anymore.

When Scarlet moves to the city, her days are no longer filled with the joys that she's used to. Instead, darkness dominates her world. The grey seems never-ending, and frightening shadows creep through the cracks in the walls.

That is, until she discovers something.

The people of Scarlet's new world are not as frightening as they seem, and through the power of connection and some enchanting gifts, colour slowly returns to her world...


Praise for Shadow Wall

"Such a unique book. The intriguing transition between greyscale and colour makes it truly memorable." Love for Stories.
"Delightful. Incredible illustrations. Beautiful story." Susanna Sewell, Children's Librarian.
"What a charming little book!" Let's Get Kids Reading.

An excerpt from the story

"Once, Scarlet lived in a home filled with colour, where she painted with Grandma Ruby.
Green meadows, blue wild flowers, and yellow ducklings danced across the canvas.

But not anymore.

From a new window in a room that didn’t feel like home, the grey seemed never-ending.

Day after day, Scarlet stared at the empty wall outside her building. With every sigh she breathed, shadows crept from the cracks to spread a little more darkness.

Loneliness loomed in those shadows, stealing colour from everything.

Scarlet didn’t want to fall into the shadows.
So she explored the city.

At first glance, each new space was as grey as the last.

But as she peered closer into overlooked nooks,
forgotten furrows and secret spaces…

She found colourful gifts..."

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Sweet story

What a delightful story with a lovely message. Well written & beautiful illustrations.

Excellent Christmas Gift!

Love this book, so well written and beautifully illustrated- Shadow Wall is a great investment for bedtime reading to someone special in your life. Scarlett takes us on her heart-warming journey as she figures out how to enjoy life again after moving to a new city. Great story for all ages

Perfectly put together

Great for all ages, especially enjoyed reading this one to my kids

Perfect for everyone!

The way this picture book is written will encaptivate the reader with beautiful illustrations accompanying the insightful text. This picture book is a must have for my bookshelf!

Perfectly put together

Great story for all ages , especially enjoy reading this one to my children.

Lisa Emerson
Beautiful story

I was able to instantly connect with this book because I had a very strong connection to my Nan. The pictures are vibrant.
Students have enjoyed it and it enables you to launch great art activities

What a gorgeous book.

Really sweet story, beautifully written & the illustrations are delightful.
Excellent delivery from ethicoolbooks

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