Shortlisted for the English Association Picture Book Awards 2020!
Valentina the emperor’s daughter is an obsessive collector of exotic birds. Her servants track down every bird she desires – just one remains unfound: a bird that talks. Servants search far and wide to fulfill her impossible quest – and she beheads those who fail. In Valentina’s palace, heads roll every day! Will the golden cage ever be filled?
A deliciously dark European fairy tale with words as rich as its bold and luxurious illustrations.