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Sunday 12 March 2017

Review: The Night Gardener

William wakes one day to find the most astonishing topiary owl, carved from a tree, right outside his window. So entranced, he stares at the creation all day and well into the night (along with a handful of curious neighbours).

The next morning, he wakes to a topiary cat! Then a bunny, a parakeet and elephant. Each and every creation is so beautifully crafted, people come from all around to witness the leafy sculptures in Grimloch Lane.
Who is behind these masterful artworks?

One evening, William spies an unfamiliar man on his way to the local park. With so many trees to be sculpted, the gentleman needs William's help--and so a glorious collaboration begins.

This is a story about how people can touch and shape our lives and futures. It's about inspiration and creativity--about learning new skills and creating magic for others.

The book's striking illustrations are a joy to pore over. My favourite spreads would be a long shot of the park with its divine topiary animals, followed by the same scene in autumn and another in winter, where the 'skeletons' of each animal are revealed.

Touching, charming and gorgeously-crafted--this is an inspirational tale, and a true visual treat for readers of all ages.

Title: The Night Gardener
Author/Illustrator: Terry Fan, Eric Fan
Publisher: Frances Lincoln, $24.99
Publication Date: 25 January 2017
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781847809391
For ages: 4 - 9
Type: Picture Book