King of the Sky

Written by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Laura Carlin

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | May 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017  |   

In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange country far, far from home. Now living under grey skies in a country where he feels an outsider, a young boy misses the blue sky, warm sun and of ice cream of his home in Rome. But when he his racing pigeon returns to him safely from Rome the boy realises that home is where he is and he finds a new sense of belonging. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2017

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

King of the Sky by Nicoloa Davies

A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis

King Coo by Adam Stower

The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

The Big Bird Spot by Matt Sewell

King of the Sky Synopsis

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.

Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone - until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky.

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. A musical adaptation of King of the Sky has already met with success on the stage, shown two years running at the Hay Festival and due to tour Welsh theatres next spring.

King of the Sky Press Reviews

There's much here to resonate with current world events and it's one of the most visually stunning books of the year. Carlin's artwork is mesmerising, with beautiful use of colour to represent hope and warmth. The Bookseller


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406379198
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406379198
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406379198
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Laura Carlin
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 56 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys Read more about Nicola Davies here. Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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