Book review: King of the Sky, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

Davies, Nicola. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. King of the Sky. Candlewick Press, 2017. $17.99. Unpaged. ISBN 9780763695682. Ages 4-7. P7 Q8

Nicola Davies continues her animal focus with King of the Sky. A young boy experiences culture shock after relocating to Britain from Italy. The only constant in his life, he notes, is the presence of pigeons. After befriending an elderly pigeon trainer, the disenchanted boy begins to believe in the impossible and appreciate his life in unexpected ways. King of the Sky is a hopeful story and beautifully illustrated in Laura Carlin’s muted, smudgy style.

Verdict: I would recommend this book for thoughtful children or those who have recently relocated. It belongs in school and public libraries.

November 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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