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King of the Sky

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Some of the pictures are simple and some have interesting extra details in outlines but I feel like the last image, especially at the end of the story where it ends on a happy note could have had more colour or been brighter to reflect this happiness. stars -- Unique illustrations and an evocative sense of time and place are the standout elements of this story of a lonely immigrant boy who finds a connection to his native Italy in the form of an old man and his racing pigeons. What made this book so amazing for me was the amazingly language that Davies used, which made the book even more emotional. The story is about a young boy who moves to a different country and cannot speak the language and feels like he doesn't belong.

A breathtaking new picture book by children's author Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin, winner of the Bratislava Illustration Biennale and the Bologna Ragazzi Prize for Illustration. I particularly loved the two-page spread depicting the flock of pigeons in flight, as well as her use of a more limited color range, when the characters are discussing something traumatic, such as war. Before entering into a commitment of the eagle, the male bird tests the commitment level of the female bird, and also female bird tests the commitment level of the male bird. Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading * "Most of the world doesn't have to think twice when asked where they're from or where home is; some children have to think harder about the answer.His King of the Sky — a soaring alter ego for the displaced boy trying to make a home in a new land, trying to fathom the depth and meaning of belonging. When he learns that Mr Evans’ pigeons travel as far as Italy, our main character dares to become attached.

The illustrations are very pale and faded to suggest that the boy is working out where he fits in, symbolising his journey between his two different homes. We like the end papers best, these were covered with lots of paintings of different types and colours of pigeon, we enjoyed choosing our favourites. The author's next book, BAT LOVES THE NIGHT, is a tenderly written ode to a much-misunderstood flying mammal, the pipistrelle bat, while SURPRISING SHARKS--winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor Award--contains unexpected facts about another one of the planet's most infamous animals. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.This is an interesting and very relevant book but I’m not sure if it’s one children will enjoy as much as adults. Even a class that is less diverse would benefit from this story, broadening their awareness of different situations. Evans on train trips, releasing the pigeons at various stations along the line to let them race back home, taking them a little farther each time. You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot!

The story is told by the boy, an Italian immigrant who has recently moved to a mining town in the UK. Sunday Telegraph * "Davies' book is a tender, beautiful thing and is, at its core, an immigration story. The illustrations were quite interesting in the smudged and hazy effect that permeates the pages, perhaps a link to the child's perception in feeling that he does not belong.Peter, a young Italian boy and his family emigrate to a remote, Welsh mining town, and he finds himself feeling displaced and out of alignment with his new home. The softness of the images match with the general slightly sombre tone of the book, but they get more colourful and bright towards the end when the boy finally feels his own sense of belonging. Join our community to get personalised book suggestions, extracts straight to your inbox, 10% off RRPs, and to change children’s lives.

Nicola Davies’ beautiful story – an immigrant’s tale with a powerful resonance in our troubled times – is illustrated by an artist who makes the world anew with every picture. That he somehow finds comfort in the fact that the pigeons find home from 1200 miles away and he can't is a little odd for me. This boy isn’t a toddler - again showing that this picture book isn’t for the very young, but for those who are able to fully utilise the given visuals to embellish in their own mind the narrative that is written on the page, and for those who can probe a little deeper into the emotion and meaning behind the text. In this way, the imagery doesn’t overpower the Welsh street’s reality, which feels heavy, solid and concrete. Intentional or not, Carlin points out with her striking attention to this detail that pigeons are actually beautiful.There's much here to resonate with current world events and it's one of the most visually stunning books of the year.

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