Keeper of Soles by Teresa Bateman

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In this unconventional and particularly cunning picture book, a humble shoemaker manages the near impossible. When Death comes to call in his black cloak, Colin the shoemaker does not go quietly. With some quick thinking and sweet talking, Colin distracts Death by offering to make him some shoes. Death, completely befuddled, is fitted for sandals and soon after that, for a pair of boots. Each time Death comes to claim Colin's soul, he leaves with a sole, but never the kind he intended. Readers will delight in Colin's triumph in a fast-paced story with inventive, comical illustrations.

About Teresa Bateman

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Teresa Bateman is a children's author and school librarian. "The ting I've found about shoes," she says, "is that they usually have memories attached to them." She lives in Tacoma, Washington. Yayo is a native of Colombia and immigrated to Montreal in 1987. His art has been exhibited all over the world, including Japan, Brazil, France, Yugoslavia, Russia and most recently, Turkey. He has illustrated several books for children in Quebec.
Published January 23, 2006 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A Colombian artist makes his U.S. debut on a high note, pairing witty paintings to Bateman’s lively tale of a shoemaker who gets Death for a customer.

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