'One night a swallow arrived in the city. He was on his way to Egypt to meet his friends, but he decided to rest on the feet of the statue. The swallow was very happy with his golden perch. But as he drifted off to sleep, a large drop of water fell on him. This was odd, because the night sky was clear and warm. Then another drop fell on him. When the third drop fell, the swallow wondered if he should find a new place to sleep. Then he looked up...'
So begins Maisie Paradise Shearring's beautifully rendered interpretation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale. Maisie's award-winning illustrations offer a fresh and lively take on this much-loved story, which will move and enthral a new generation of children.
'A thing of beauty … Maisie Paradise Shearring’s illustrations […] are extraordinary'
'Delicious, alternately panoramic and intimate … full of the kind of detail that keen little eyes love'
'There is a kind of magic realism within the images as we are transported through time and space, and across a cold and unfeeling city'
Association of Illustrators