A Pocketful of Crows
In 2017, internationally best selling author Joanne Harris had an idea to create a series of fully illustrated adult folklore stories, based partly on the ancient English "Child Ballads"
I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)
So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.
Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.
It was at this time, and quite by accident, Joanne first saw the drawings of Bonnie Helen Hawkins. At this point in time Bonnie had never ever illustrated a book before, but both Joanne and the publisher, Orion decided to take a chance on an unknown artist. So with only 12 weeks to complete all 24 black and white illustrations, Bonnie set about work. The following gallery shows just a small selection from the complete collection. For more about Joanne Harris please visit her site http://www.joanne-harris.co.uk or visit https://www.orionbooks.co.uk
What the critics say.....
Wow, what a lovely little piece of literature!
This adult fairytale will break your heart, build it back together and then fill it with life, passion and love for nature.
Thanks to the pacing, I loved and hated (and suffered) along with the bonny brown girl, and the gorgeous illustrations that pepper the pages are so perfect and in tune with the tone of the story that you can't help but feel dragged in.
Though, I think it's fair to say that its whimsical, dark and gut-wrenching writing is without a doubt the main character.
Poetry without poetry is my favorite.
This book is absolutely stunning! A beautifully crafted fairy tale for a new age full of whimsy, charm and the most fantastical illustrations..... it all makes for one of the loveliest books I have ever read.
Amazing.... just amazing!
Thea Wookiee's Mama Wilson