New to the picture book scene, The Fan Brothers, have created an instant classic, The Night Gardener. Combining the sketch stylings of famous picture book artists such as Maurice Sendak and Peter McClosky with digital color, this is a picture book that is truly modern with vintage flare.
William, a young orphan, lives on a street devoid of color, Grimloch Lane. Everything changes overnight when a mysterious stranger creates topiary art on his street. Over the course of the summer more topiaries appear, this is accompanied by a shift from sepia toned sketches to full color spreads. This is a must read picture book for young and old alike and definitely a contender to look for in ICPL’s upcoming mock Caldecott awards this fall.