Illustrated by Rosie Butcher
This is one of a series of book about the Magical Kingdom of the Birds. Protagonist Maya travels there frequently. Every time a new picture appears in her colouring book and she colours it in she is transported to the Kingdom.
This time she is invited to a concert by songbirds. But evil Lord Astor is stealing their voices and will only give them back if they agree to make him the sovereign instead of Princess Willow. Maya’s role is to help Willow see that Lord Astor has not reformed.
Maya is disabled – she has problems with her legs. This is handled very sensitively.
The text is a little puzzling – it is blocked, double-spaced and uses a complex but large font. There are illustrations throughout and a very attractive border around each page but all in monochrome. It is 111 pages long. Is this meant for lower junior school or is at a book that should be read aloud to infants?
There is some useful supplementary materiel at the end of the book including information about songbirds.