The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Australian writer Matilda Woods is exquisite! It is as the title says about three unlikely companions — the boy, the bird and the coffin maker. It is a tale seeped in grief but also in so much beauty and hope. It is utterly magical. Unexpectedly the reader falls headlong into the story from the first line. It has been beautifully illustrated in two tones by Anuska Allepuz with details on every page, full page illustrations tipped in and the end covers are a dream. The art work complements the story fabulously without really constraining the imagination of the reader by attempting to illustrate every description in the story. The book is a keeper. Matilda Woods next book will be orth looking out for.
Matilda Woods The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker Scholastic. 2017. Pb.
11 February 2018