Kid Lit Review of “The Night Gardener” by The Fan Brothers

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A dreary town and a lonely boy named William who lives in its orphanage have their lives transformed by a mysterious topiary artist who comes at night and turns the trees into a magical kingdom of animals. Joy and color come back to the streets, and neither the town nor William is ever the same.

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There isn’t much of a story here, but the illustrations by brothers Terry and Eric Fan are magnificent. In a cross-hatched style, they create a fantasy world that will enchant the reader as much as the townspeople.

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While the art initially just employs dull hues, it starts to take on color as people in the town come to life.

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Evaluation: I doubt it will matter much to the intended age group – 3-6, that the story is thin; they will spend too much time marveling at the pictures.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2016

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3 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “The Night Gardener” by The Fan Brothers

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I wish the night gardener would come around here. That looks gorgeous!

  2. Marie says:

    the pictures are marvelous!

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