A powerful and beautifully illustrated story about migration and the meaning of home, from the award-winning team behind The Promise.
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.
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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Nicola Davies is a zoologist and writer. She has written many children's books on natural history topics such as the human body, whales, oceans, bats, and flowers. She is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise, King of the Sky, A First Book of Animals, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, anMore about Nicola Davies
Laura Carlin is an illustrator and ceramics artist based in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, her illustrated edition of Ted Hughes' The Iron Man won the V&A Book Illustration Award in 2011. Her clients include The New York Times, The House of Illustration, Vogue magazine, The Guardian, and The Financial Times among others.More about Laura Carlin