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King of the sky / Nicola Davies ; illustrated by Laura Carlin.

Davies, Nicola, 1958- author. (Author). Carlin, Laura, illustrator. (Added Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library E D (Text) 33500012629788 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0763695688
  • ISBN: 9780763695682
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: When a young boy moves from his home in Italy to Wales, the only thing that cheers him up are the racing pigeons that Mr. Evans keeps in a loft behind his house.
Target Audience Note: Elementary Grade.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1
    *Starred Review* It's difficult to determine what works best in this tender, simple tale. There's a young boy, newly arrived from Italy, who does not feel like he belongs in strange, rainy Wales; an old man, bowed and broken from spending most of his life in the mines; and a racing pigeon, King of the Sky. The boy's first-person commentary achingly expresses his loneliness and sense of alienation, and the beautiful mixed-media illustrations, which have the smudged and dreamlike quality of watercolors, align perfectly, setting scenes that capture moods and the rainy setting, provide insights, and engage readers, from the cover to sweeping two-page spreads to the endpapers, which are filled with pigeons in a variety of forms. The pigeon's struggles during a long-distance race are poignantly portrayed, as is the boy's jubilation when King returns as a champion. This lovely story will resonate with any child who has felt out of place, whether a transfer student in a new school or an immigrant in a new country. This will work for group readings, but will be much more special for one-on-one sharing, where readers can absorb the language and pore over the detailed, nuanced pictures. This is a unique and very special book. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Nicola Davies is the award-winning author of The Promise, also illustrated by Laura Carlin, which received a special honorable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. Nicola Davies’s many books for children include Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear, and Big Blue Whale. She lives in Wales.

Laura Carlin is the illustrator of The Promise by Nicola Davies as well as The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honorable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. Her artwork has been featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and the Guardian. She lives in London.

Subject: Immigrants > Fiction.
Moving, Household > Fiction.
Homesickness > Fiction.
Racing pigeons > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Wales > Fiction.
Pigeons > Fiction.
Moving > Fiction.
Homesickness > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Wales > Fiction.
Immigrants > Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household > Juvenile fiction.
Homesickness > Juvenile fiction.
Racing pigeons > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Wales > Juvenile fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds.
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational.
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration.
Moving, Household.
Racing pigeons.
Moving > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
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