Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for
children include A First Book of Nature, Ice Bear,
Big Blue Whale, Dolphin Baby, Bat Loves the
Night and the Silver Street Farm series. She graduated in
zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC
Natural History Unit. Nicola lives in Crickhowell, Wales. Visit
Nicola as www.nicola-davies.com.
Laura Carlin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of several awards, including the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has featured in Vogue, the Guardian and The New York Times; her previous books for Walker include The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. Laura lives in London, SE23. See Laura's work at lauracarlin.blogspot.co.uk.
"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 *
"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." * Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading *
"Most of the world doesn't have to think twice when asked where they're from or where home is; some children have to think harder about the answer. Davies recognises this - her sensitive, uplifting tale about find your place in a new strange new land could just as well be about a refugee as it could any child moving to a new town." * The Times, Children's Book of the Week *
"A melancholy but uplifting meditation on migration [...] Laura Carlin's blurry, Lowry-esque illustrations capture the sensitive power of Davies's text." * Financial Times *
"[...] works well as both a stand-alone story and a starting point for discussing important political issues of migration." * The Irish Times Weekend, a Children's Book of the Month *