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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker (Paperback)
  • The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker (Paperback)

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 04/05/2017
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"This luminous tale of loss, love and finding family is threaded through with the power of storytelling, and a touch of magic. 'A giant of a little thing', as Alberto would say, The Boy, the Bird, & the Coffin Maker reads like a classic." Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars. Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora, where fish fly out of the sea and the houses shine like jewels. He is a coffin maker, spending his quiet, solitary days creating the final resting places of Allora's people. Until the day a mysterious boy and his magical bird arrive - flying from danger and searching for a safe haven. Tito is fearful, suspicious of kindness, but as the winter days grow colder and darker, Alberto's home grows warmer and brighter. Can Tito and his bird be sheltered from the town's prying eyes and the shadows of their past? A story of life and death and of how hope can burn bright in a place faded by sadness A gem of a read: heart-breaking but ultimately life-affirming, it celebrates small acts of gentleness and goodness. Inclusive, thoughtful and a proper page-turner. The lyrical, fairytale-like tone of the writing and the not-quite-real setting give the story a timeless quality and the makings of a modern classic. This is Gabriel Garcia Marquez for children. The magical realism of The Boy, the Bird, & the Coffin Maker allows the author to tackle a difficult subject in an accessible way, as Patrick Ness did in A Monster Calls. A stunning, standout package: printed endpapers and charming full-page illustrations in every chapter make this a beautiful gift

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781407178691
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 190 g
Dimensions: 201 x 153 x 15 mm

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Emily at York

“Beautiful tale with a heart warming message”

What a stunning book! The cover is just beautiful and so are the illustrations throughout. The story is wonderful, like reading a famous children's fairytale. It is humorous, poignant and full of wonder.

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Nicole @WstonesHemel

“A Wonderful Mythical Treat”

I did like the imagery in this children title.
Thank you to Toppsta for this prize.
A man who makes things from wood lives in a colourful town, where the sea is so vicious it sends the fish slamming into the houses,... More

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“"A giant of a little thing"”

I fell in love with this book almost from the very first page. Matilda Woods' debut is whimsical and touching, and her characters glow as brightly as the jewel-like houses of Allora. It has an important message... More

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