Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora where fish fly out of the sea and everyone knows everybody’s business. There he makes coffins for the great and small, but being the only coffin maker in town can be lonely.
That is until a little boy and a magical bird enter his life and change it forever. But can Alberto keep them safe from the town’s prying eyes and the arrival of a menacing stranger?
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review: The only regret I have about reading a proof copy instead of a finished version of this book is that ever so often there was a page that said: ‘illustration to come’. If these are just a fraction as wonderful as the writing then The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker is going to be one of the loveliest books I’ve read this year.
The story is magical, it starts with the setting. Not just the flying fish, but how the whole town is described, the residents and the first chapter that tells you the history of the Coffin Maker. Then we have Tito (the boy), a magical bird, danger and another tale beautifully woven within theirs.
I am very much in love with Matilda Woods writing in this book. It was just perfect. Like a warm blanket of words that wraps around you as you walk through Allora. I knew within the first few sentences that this book was going to be brilliant. I think other readers will as well.
The Boy, The Bird and The Coffin Maker wasn’t on my radar for this year and I am so glad I took a chance on this because I seriously loved it.