A Mini Treasure | The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom

Every once in a while, something comes along that will cause you to catch your breath and make you want to take a closer look.

This is most definitely one of those occasions.

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a book to review. The Twinkles’ daddy was with me when I opened the box and we both gasped when we saw what was inside.

The most beautiful book I think I’ve ever seen.

Hardback, huge and beautifully illustrated, with block foiling on the cover.

It’s called ‘The Wonder Garden’.

Published by Wide Eyed Editions; they say they ‘are creators of non-fiction for children and families and believe that books should encourage curiosity about the world we live in, inspiring readers to set out on their own journey of discovery.’.

I’m unsure if it’s meant as a childrens’ book — or one for adults — because my boy and I both agreed that it was one of the most gorgeous things we’d ever come across and most adults we know would absolutely love to be given a copy. Our little sons were totally captivated by it too.

You are invited to open the cover and gaze upon earth’s ‘wonder garden’; set across five beautiful habitats, you can explore a rainforest, desert, coral reef, woodland and a mountain range.

To say the illustrations are beautiful is an understatement. They’re absolutely exquisite; intricateengraved illustrations that depict the flora and fauna of these amazing landscapes.

The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
The Wonder Garden
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom

If I’m perfectly honest, I didn’t actually read it to begin with — I just sat looking at the pictures.

That said, when you do begin to read the descriptions, they’re suitably captivating and will transport you on a journey, through the richly illustrated pages.

Trees spring up about you as your journey takes you into the heart of a mysterious, dark forest. The crack and rustle of your footsteps hushes the wildlife around you, but when you stop to listen, a chorus of animal sounds fills the forest air.

The book depicts 80 animals and is full of facts about, both, them and the habitats they populate. The twins were totally transfixed by the pictures and loved pointing out the animals.

I can see already that this book is something we’ll treasure. It’s the kind of thing that we’ll keep for ever and I’m sure it will be pored over and enjoyed for many years to come.

It would be a fantastic gift; I’d be happy to give this as a Christening present or on a special celebration. Put it this way — if someone had given me this for my birthday I’d  have been absolutely thrilled. It’s gorgeous.

So gorgeous, in fact, that I didn’t think the photos on my post really do it any justice. I decided to create a little vlog to show you, in more detail, just how lovely it is.

Finally, I just want to mention that ‘The Wonder Garden’ is an absolute steal. It’s priced at just £20, which is such a bargain. I would happily pay more for such a beautiful book.

I was generously gifted this lovely book for the purposes of this review; all photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.

The Wonder Garden is published by Wide Eyed Editions and is available from all good book sellers.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

60 thoughts on “A Mini Treasure | The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom

  1. Wow, only £20?! That’ s an amazing present! I know what you mean about not knowing if it’s a kids book or an adults book. One of those rare crossovers! A real keeper! x

  2. Wow I’ve never seen a book that – it really does look captivating and the kind of book where the more you look, the more you see – if that makes sense. My husband is a fabulous artist – I think this kind of book would inspire him too :) Thanks for sharing! Mim x #TwinklyTuesday

  3. What a gorgeous looking book. I have regularly had arguments with people about the superiority of paper books over e-books. This type of book really backs up my argument. You could not possibly get thst sense of beauty and wonderment by viewing such a book on an e-reader. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. You would win your argument hands down with this Tracey. Honestly — when I took it out of the box my husband I both gasped and were blown away by it. You would never — in a million years — appreciate the work and beauty in this book, without actually holding a physical copy in your hands. The e-reader wouldn’t do it any justice at all.

  4. Wow, just wow – this is so so beautiful. I am totally adding this to the book list. I love your video too – you are such a natural on camera and you are right, the photos would not have done this justice. You look beautiful too :) Thanks for being such an awesome co-host on #TwinklyTuesday

  5. That book looks gorgeous just from the front cover itself… and looking through the illustrations in every page makes it more interesting to read. Great Review! #TwinklyTuesday

  6. What a beautiful book. It looks like one of those that you can just get lost in for an hour and come out the other side feeling all enchanted and magical. Fab video too, you’re a natural in front of the camera xx #TwinklyTuesday

  7. What a beautiful book,
    and there’s something magical about the cover.
    and this would make a lovely christmas gift
    Thanks for sharing :) x #TwinklyTuesday

  8. This looks perfect for my nature loving nephew and my very inquisitive middle girl – who will definitely appreciate the artwork! – what a beautiful coffee table book. x #twinklytuesday

  9. Great video and photos Caro – what an amazingly beautiful book! I adore books like this and my children seem to be following in my footsteps. I will be putting this on the list of Christmas presents to buy :) It will have a place on our shelf of ‘special books to share’. Thanks so much for sharing #TwinklyTuesday

  10. What a gorgeous book – on our Christmas list now! Each of the four children has a bookcase handmade by their grandpa which is full of books, but we will make space! #TwinklyTuesday

  11. Wow. This book looks incredible. I’m always looking for excellent new books because I love having them at home, but also because I think books always make the best gifts. This one looks perfect for both purposes. Thanks so much for sharing your review. #TwinklyTuesday

  12. This looks amazing! I have bought a couple of books that I’ve just fell in love with but aren’t quite suitable for the littlies just yet. One was a beautiful map book by Big Picture Books. I think I’ll definitely be adding this to a Christmas List.

  13. What a lovely review to do …. I do like beautiful and informative books like that, then one I’d like for my boy when he’s older. Beautiful pictures and lovely vlog too. :-) #TwinklyTuesday

  14. That looks like a truly stunning title. I think my eldest would absolutely love it. Exactly the kind of thing she is in to. I am tempted to get a copy. Thanks for sharing and for hosting ‘#twinkytuesday

  15. Oh yes I saw a review for this book and thought it looked amazing, so glad to hear more about it #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Aaah it’s SO beautiful! It’s the kind of thing that I would have been absolutely obsessed by, as a child. There are a couple of books that I remember being totally captivated by, as a little girl, but they weren’t nearly as lovely as this one xx

  16. What a wondrous book, enchanting! Your photos and video are stunning and this is now on the Christmas list for the boys! You are such a natural on camera, please shoot more: gorgeous x

    1. Thanks so much Vixter — that’s so lovely of you. I still feel a bit of a wally when I see myself on film to be honest — that said — I was SO desperate to show this book in it’s best light!!! It was definitely worth a little movie :) It’s absolutely glorious — totally worth getting. Your boys will love it — the twins are totally captivated by it xx

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