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Character Theme Songs for The Boy, The Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Happy book birthday to The Boy, The Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods!

Today, I'm delighted to share a playlist of character theme songs for this middle-grade novel. Alice, a former regular on the blog, helped me out with the content since I got sick over finals week and am still recovering. Alice is going through some health issues herself having had a bad fall recently, so I'm really grateful for her help.

As soon as I've had a chance to finish reading Matilda's novel, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the blog. If you enjoy lighthearted fantasies or magical realism for younger readers, you'll want to check this one out!

~ Kris


The Boy (Tito)

1. "O-O-H CHILD" by The Five Stairsteps
This song speaks to Tito's situation before he ran away. It provides the assurance that things are hard now but there are better times ahead.

2. "Pocketful of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield
This song represents Tito's hope for a better life and his desire for a safe place to escape.

The Coffin Maker (Alberto)

1. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
This song shares Alberto's loneliness after losing his family.

2. "Skyscraper" by Demi Levato
This song speaks to strength in forging a new life for himself after having everything taken away from him.


Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora, where fish fly out of the sea and the houses shine like jewels. He is a coffin maker and widower, spending his quiet days creating the final resting places of Allora's people.

Then one afternoon a magical bird flutters into his garden, and Alberto, lonely inside, welcomes it into his home. And when a kindhearted boy named Tito follows the bird into Alberto's kitchen, a door in the old man's heart cracks open. Tito is lonely too--but he's also scared and searching for a place to hide. Fleeing from danger, he just wants to feel safe for once in his life. Can the boy and the old man learn the power of friendship and escape the shadows of their pasts?


Do you make playlists for characters? How do they add to your reading experience?

Publication Info
  • The Boy, The Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
  • Published by Philomel Books
  • On May 15, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Pages: 544 Pages
  • Format: Hardback
  • N/A
  • Age appropriate

This post was made as a part of the book tour of the novel by Matilda Woods.

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