The story of Yoluma, a boy who chooses to take part in his village’s annual competition to make a special lantern for the King.
The challenge enables him to forge a mysterious unbreakable bond with the Lantern, another boy tries to copy his Lantern but which one will the village elders choose?
Told as a traditional fable the book takes the reader on a journey of self discovery and the beauty of honestly creating something new with integrity.
I was at the book shop the other day, buying another book altogether, and this one was sitting on the counter, as soon as I saw it, I immediately fell in love with the artwork, just by what I could see on the cover.
In fact I very nearly bought the special, numbered, and signed edition which came with original sketch.
As you can probably tell from the synopsis, the story in Yoluma and the King is an allegorical one, and one which will allow great discussions if you read in along with your child. But it’s also strong enough, along with James’ art for all ages to really enjoy it as well.
I was not aware of James Naughton before I read this book, but he’s apparently famous for his landscape paintings, after perusing his website, I can see why. His website is well worth taking a look at.
But before you go, check out these gorgeous examples of James’s art in Yoluma and the King!:
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