Roberto Piumini


‘Lyrical, magical, tender and true, and deeply mysterious’ – Michael Morpurgo


Children's Books > Confident Readers

ISBN: 9781782693833



Long, long ago, a boy lies confined by sickness to his windowless bedchambers.

He can never breathe fresh air or feel the warmth of the sun on his skin, so his doting father summons a painter to embellish his rooms with beautiful murals.

Soon there is a fabulous world on the walls, a colourful, shifting landscape peopled by shepherds and lovers, criss-crossed by armies and pirate ships.

Can the artist show this child the richness and beauty of life with nothing but paints and brushes?

The perfect stocking-filler for thoughtful children…

Beautiful’ – The Times, Children’s Book of the Week

A tale of life, death, love and beauty that by the storyteller’s art makes those things true, fresh, real and important. I hope this unforgettable story finds all the readers it deserves’ – Phillip Pullman


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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm