Grey Island Red Boat
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, including the land, the sea, the trees, the flowers and maybe even the hearts of the islanders. Princess Opal always felt something was missing and wished for her life to be different. When a stranger arrives on a brightly coloured boat and everything he touches is filled with light and colour, Princess Opal is mesmerised. But can she keep the magical Wendell Lightfoot safe from her father the King who feels so very threatened by the changes?
This is a profound new fairy tale which reveals how hope and light can manifest in even dire circumstances and the possibilities of bringing them into your life permanently. Ian Beck's illustrations, partly realised in silhouette, are very beautiful. The book is produced with Barrington Stoke's usual dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paper stock so more readers from a wide age range can enjoy it.