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The Night Gardener Hardcover – 16 Feb 2016

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (16 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481439782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481439787
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A treat, with artwork worth lingering over."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"It is a pleasing collaboration with art bound to both haunt and delight."--Booklist

"An elegant picture book that celebrates creativity and community."--School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

An uplifting testament to the effect that a caring adult can have on a lonely child Visual pleasure abounds. --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW"

"The Night Gardener" is visual storytelling at its best. --Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW"

The Night Gardener is visual storytelling at its best. --Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW"

"An uplifting testament to the effect that a caring adult can have on a lonely child...Visual pleasure abounds."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"The Night Gardener is visual storytelling at its best."--Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

"The message about the transformative power of art is a powerful one, and the intriguing premise and graceful art are definitely captivating. Reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's imaginative works as well as Lane Smith's Grandpa Green."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. 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 book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at Krop.com/TerryFfan and Society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).

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such an imaginative book
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The heart-warming story is about friendship and finding purpose in life.

The art style is hand drawn in a detailed sketchy style with bright pops of colour. The topiaries are really brought to life by the beautiful art.

I think children aged 3-6 would enjoy this book, particularly children who can relate to the story.

I would happily pay around £10 for this book as a beautiful gift for a child.
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This is a beautiful book, totally worth the money! Really different and a lovely story line. I never leave reviews but felt I really should with this book, its so nice!!
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Magical and STUNNING! I got favourite auntie points for bringing this one round!!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 161 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not have enough good adjectives for this book and its illustrations. 17 Dec. 2016
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
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We opened this large, luxurious book and stopped for quite some time just on the title page and end page which has a drawing of the neighborhood in sepia tones. I asked my daughter what time period she thought the book took place and we looked for clues. The ultimate verdict was the 1940's. We also talked about what mood was being conveyed by the illustrator and why. It was sad, the street was not quite well kept (weeds growing in the sidewalk and trash on the streets), and people seemed disconnected from each other.

The first few pages continue that somber feeling and we meet William who is sad. He is living in an orphanage and it turns out my 7-year-old had never heard of an orphanage. One of my favorite illustrations in this book (and believe me it is hard to choose) shows William looking out of his window staring at the owl topiary that the Night Gardner sculpted in front of the orphanage. In the corner of the windowsill is a small picture of a man and woman. An amazingly poignant picture. My daughter and I speculated about what might have happened to William's parents. It made the somber mood at the beginning of the story so understandable.

As the book progresses each day the neighborhood awakens to a new topiary. The pictures lighten; less sepia is used and more color is evident. The people start interacting more and look happier and more connected. William follows the Night Gardener one night and helps him make a whole zoo of animal topiaries in the park. The Night Gardener leaves before morning while William sleeps and in his place is a gift of headgeclippers for William. Seriously I wanted to cry.

The seasons change and the trees loose their leaves but the feelings the Night Gardener created remain. It reminds me of that quote from Maya Angelou — "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." It is again summer at the end of the book but this picture is so different from what the illustrator showed us at the beginning of the book. We spent some time comparing and contrasting these pictures and and what techniques the artist used to create the mood at the beginning and end of the book. Finally, we see William using his clippers on a small hedge.

This is a great, great book that is beautiful, rich, poignant, deep, interesting, and ultimately happy. Joy coming again after great sadness. We loved this book. I have seriously blown our budget for books recently so we have been checking more books out of the library. My daughter asked if we could buy this book. Done!
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and enchanting! My 6-year-old is mesmerized 20 Jun. 2016
By Mama Seeks Magic - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a magical little book. The illustrations are incredible and leave you lingering on each page for a long time to take in every detail. My daughters (4 and 6) adore this book, with my 6-year-old especially asking to start it over again as soon as we get to the end. The story is very short, but unique and mesmerizing. You are left feeling like you've traveled to this sleepy little town and watched its transformation from dreary monotony to true enchantment. Wonderful!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely artwork, charming story. Parents appreciated this gift 21 July 2016
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this as a gift for a 2-year old family friend, in the hopes he would grow into it. In fact, he loved it, and was pointing out various animals after a few times reading through. His parents were entranced by the artwork, and appreciated the creativity and change of pace from typical kids' books. It may be some time before he fully comprehends the story, but for now it is a book that entertained the adults and was a happy distraction for the little guy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations, lackluster story telling 7 Feb. 2017
By CT - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book with amazing illustrations and an underdone story. My 6 year old at the end said 'that's it?' lol There's quite a bit one is to infer from the illustrations that's not spelled out in the story, so my 3 year old also looked perplexed at the end. They are imaginative artful kids that do sit and listen and think while we read to them. But the story also jumps from the main character being a kid to being the night gardner and a teenager/grown up. That's what confused my kids, my son was like 'but what did he do after he was a kid and before he was a good night gardner?' like he wanted more to the story. I don't mind books that lead to kids having questions, that's good for them. But it was like one page turn and you have a time leap and it ended abruptly. I think it's a sweet story, just not told in a way that gives it what it deserves to match the illustration.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the story is sweet and poignant 24 Jun. 2016
By Twin Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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My twin 3 year old boys are enthralled with this book, both visually and story-wise. So am I! First, the story is sweet and poignant. A little boy and town are forever changed by an anonymous "night gardener" who transforms their small town each night by creating beautiful topiaries of various animals. Each morning, the boy and towns people are in awe of the creations. One day, the boy spots the night gardener and he invites the boy to create several topiaries in the local park. Eventually the night gardener leaves the town, but the people and the boy are forever changed by his impact on them. The boy ends up taking up the hobby himself. It is a very sweet story emphasizing the importance of enjoying nature, using a hobby to express oneself and change others and the environment around you.

My boys finish sentences in the book before I do. They arch their necks from their beds trying to see the beautiful artwork throughout each page. I ask them to name the animals depicted and they love to participate. I highly recommend this book for toddlers and adults alike!!
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