The Curious Garden – Peter Brown
In a forgotten corner of a dark, gray city, Liam finds a tiny patch of green–a struggling garden. With patience and gentle persistence, he coaxes the garden back to life. The garden isn’t satisfied with just a rooftop, though. It’s curious, and soon it starts to spread. As more and more people come to tend it, the garden slowly turns the dull city to a lush natural wonderland.
The Curious Garden has this really great retro visual feel to it, and yet it’s almost futuristic…a sort of mechanized landscape where the world has gone cold and lost touch with nature, only to get overtaken by a lush garden–a curious garden, no less. It’s a beautiful, timely-yet-classic message without hitting anyone over the head, and it’s beautiful artwork too. As the Little, Brown website points out, it’s also easy to pick out little Liam’s bright red hair on every page, making the whole thing a subtle seek-and-find. As an added attraction for me, I got to see a piece of your lovely art at the ABC art auction at BEA, and up close it was just as delightful as the book made it seem–so well done, you get four curious green stars!