Friday, June 17, 2016

PICTURE BOOK - The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothers

Terry Fan and Eric Fan
2016, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 40 pgs.
Goodreads rating: 4.02 (2,009 ratings)
My rating: 5
Endpapers lovely pencil-drawn leafy branches on green
Illustrations:  Intricate pencil drawings, some colored, some not.  WINNERS!
1st line/s: "William looked out his window to find a commotion on the street."

My comments: Opening to the first double page spread, I knew this book would be a winner.  Somehow the illustration reminded me of the illustrations in Homer Price, which brought back wonderful memories. I was not disappointed.  Although there is a short, pleasing narrative, this could easily be a wordless book.  It's delightful!

Goodreads:  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 gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.

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