Incredible, detailed illustrations capture the story of a mysterious gardener who creates beautiful topiary in a small town. Join William as he unlocks the mystery of who is behind the stunning creations. A moving and gorgeous book written and illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric Fan. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.
Brothers Terry and Eric Fan set their first story in a dreary town and imagine what happens when it is transformed by a gardener’s skill. William an orphan sits glumly in front of his orphanage scratching an owl in the dirt as a stranger walks by. After dark readers see the stranger at work with his shears in a tree in front of the building. In the morning the man’s artistry is revealed: the tree has been shaped into an owl like the one William has drawn. The town initially rendered in gray pencil shows a blush of color as people gather to marvel: “Something was happening on Grimloch Lane. Something good.” A topiary parrot appears an elephant a magnificent dragon; townspeople of varying ages and ethnicities rejoice and the spreads take on livelier hues. One night William spots the gardener follows him and gets a topiary lesson. Though the gardener leaves soon after and the trees revert to normal as the seasons change the town thrives as will William it seems clear. A treat with artwork worth lingering over. Ages 4–8. Agent: Kirsten Hall Catbird Productions. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"It is a pleasing collaboration with art bound to both haunt and delight." Booklist
"A treat, with artwork worth lingering over." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
About the Author
Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. The Night Gardener is his first picture book. Visit him online at Krop.com/TerryFan, Society6.com/igo2cairo, and on Facebook.
Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams.