The Curious Garden

A little bit like Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, only in reverse, Peter Brown‘s The Curious Garden tells the story of the transformation of an industrial wasteland into a park. The gardener? A little boy named Liam. School Library Journal: “Flat, stylized paintings depict the gradual greening of the city. Dark skies gradually become a strikingly blue home for birds; red buildings appear amid the gray ones; and the stark beginning endpapers transform into lush green flower-filled pages at the end… While the story lacks tension and is at times sentimental, the art is spectacular and the book might inspire children to engage in small projects to improve their own neighborhoods.” Giggle factor: well, James laughs at the hedges shaped like giraffes. But that’s not really the point. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on September 12, 2010.

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