The Night Gardener

Terry Fan, Eric Fan

The Night Gardener
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The Night Gardener

Terry Fan, Eric Fan

In the spirit of Goodnight Moon and The Curious Garden comes a stunning debut picture book filled with whimsy and creativity from brothers Terry and Eric Fan.

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s grey little town is full of colour and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William and his town are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.

Review

The Night Gardener is a magical and mysterious picture book. Grimloch Lane is fairly uninspiring until one night a tree is transformed into a giant owl and people are filled with wonder. Each day they wake to another topiary masterpiece and suddenly a disengaged community is animated and socialising, puzzled and excited by possibility. Who is the creator of these arboreal delights?

The story and pictures are splendidly atmospheric and the detail will be lingered over as this charming tale beguiles young audiences of 3 and up.


Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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