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Wednesday 30 October 2019

Review: The Night Flower

A rare miracle of nature is captured in this exquisite non-fiction picture book from acclaimed artist Lara Hawthorne.

It's a unique and true tale of a spectacular annual event in the Sonoran desert, in Arizona, where wildlife gather to witness the saguaro cactus as it blooms for just one night each year.

Written in lyrical and informative rhyming text, the story sets the scene of the vibrant desert, which becomes a haven for wildlife in the spring.

Hawthorne builds the anticipation beautifully, introducing the reader to the diverse range of animals and insects that gather to wait for the night flower show.

Her delicate watercolour illustrations fill each page with life and colour, revealing the beauty of the desert through rich, earthy tones and elegant brush strokes.

From the thick, matte pages, to the magical cover, adorned with flecks of gold, this is a true celebration of nature and the synergy between animals and plants. It's sure to delight everyone from young artists to budding naturalists.

Title: The Night Flower
Author/Illustrator: Lara Hawthorne
Publisher: Big Picture Press, $24.99
Publication Date: January 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781536206166
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book