There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today

Illustrator: Sven Völker

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: NorthSouth Books

Age 4+

Picture Books

Sting's evocative lyrics from "King of Pain" are powerfully transformed into minimalistic illustrations by Sven Volker, who gives voice to his son's journey from illness to health in this extraordinary and deeply moving collaboration that explores pain s sadness, beauty, and wonder.


Composer, singer, author, actor, and activist, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, and has sold nearly 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recently received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. He has appeared in more than 15 films and authored two books, including The New York Times best-selling memoir, Broken Music. His fourteenth solo album is inspired by the story of 'The Last Ship', the acclaimed Broadway musical for which he composed the music and lyrics.

Sven Volker is a graphic designer, artist, author, and professor who lives with his family in Berlin, Germany. When his son Malo was three years old, he was diagnosed with a serious illness. Malo has recovered, and Volker is working on his next picture book.

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