Title: The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin-Maker
By: Matilda Woods
Call #: J Woods, M
A dark story with gentle characters that ends triumphantly, Matilda Wood’s The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker grabbed me from the first page. It reads like a fairy tale — one with lots of death and disease and a desperate flight from domestic violence (mostly in the back story). The story itself is full of magic and whimsy and fun crazy details, like the flying fish that keep landing around the town. Enter the grim but tender world of the story and let it brace you for bravery, love and loyalty. The beautiful blue text and side art are marvelous and add richly to the story experience.
Tags: magical realism