Author: Sharon King-Chai
Illustrator: Sharon King-Chai
This original folk tale tells the story of an enchanted Starbird who is captured by the Moon King as a gift for his daughter. The Starbird’s song weaves wonderful dreams but the Princess notices that now Starbird is trapped its voice is fading. The Princess frees Starbird and the King is furious, stopping at nothing to recapture the Starbird. In this powerful story of freedom and love, can the Princess show her father that captivity is never the answer?
There is no way I could choose just one favourite spread for this unique and original picture book. From the cover to the end pages and everything in between, the detail and artistry Sharon has incorporated into this book is astounding and truly magical.
The words and illustrations work together seamlessly. Sharon pours so much emotional storytelling into each page, that this book lingers with you long after you finish reading it.
From the castle, to the colourful jungle and into the depths of the ocean, each spread draws you deeper and deeper into the story of the legendary Starbird.
I could tell from the cover this was going to be a special book and it did not disappoint. With its beautiful story and truly stunning silver foil illustrations, Starbird would make a perfect gift this Christmas.
Publisher: Two Hoots, Macmillan
Publication date: 5 September 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.