In an Artist's Garden: A Seek-and-Find Book

Claire Orrell

In an Artist's Garden: A Seek-and-Find Book
Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd
25 January 2022

In an Artist’s Garden: A Seek-and-Find Book

Claire Orrell

Step into the gardens of celebrated artists from around the world in this enchanting seek-and-find picture book of rhyming verse.   

In an Artist’s Garden takes young readers on a magical journey over desert plains, along windswept coastlines and into the jungle, telling the stories of each artist and their garden. Visit Claude Monet’s famous waterlily ponds, David Hockney’s bright and colourful LA garden and Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Country, Alhalkere.

There are seaside gardens, kitchen gardens and sculpture gardens to explore. With all manner of creatures and objects to find, discover the delights of each artist’s garden and the inspiration found in nature.   

‘When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.’  -Georgia O'Keeffe


‘Have you ever wondered where magic is found? Why it’s in the garden, of course.’

So begins this gorgeous, fun seek-and-find book which introduces young readers to the gardens of famous artists (and a couple not so well-known). The artists collected here were all inspired by nature, and many created amazing gardens that continue to inspire people all over the world.

Claire Orrell matches her choice of palette perfectly to each artist, as well as giving a précis of their work. There is also the added charm of finding hidden things. I fell in love with this book the minute I saw it and now, as I write this review, I marvel all over again at its beauty and its unique presentation of these amazingly talented people.

A must-have for libraries big and small and for ages 3 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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