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.

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.

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60 Comments

  1. 25th October 2015 / 12:11 am

    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

    • 25th October 2015 / 6:14 pm

      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

    • 25th October 2015 / 6:10 pm

      It’s absolutely GORGEOUS. Honestly — I’m so, so impressed with it. Definitely going to look at buying the other editions; such a beautiful book :)

  2. 25th October 2015 / 9:14 pm

    It is such a gorgeous book isn’t it?! Thankfully Freyja is old enough to appreciate her copy and treat it carefully – we don’t let Emily near it yet!
    Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

    • 26th October 2015 / 11:12 am

      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

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:28 am

      Aah totally — this book will most definitely be treasured! It’s gorgeous :)

  3. Mackenzie Glanville
    27th October 2015 / 7:05 am

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

  4. 27th October 2015 / 7:33 am

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:23 am

      Aah John — HONESTLY get it for her Christmas stocking!! It’s the most glorious book — I would have absolutely loved it when I was a little girl!! And *do* as a big girl too :)

  5. 27th October 2015 / 7:46 am

    It’s a beautiful book! Woweeeee my mummy would love this just for her! We’re going to check it out now! #TwinklyTuesday x

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:20 am

      You mummy would LOVE it — it’s absolutely gorgeous. The prettiest book I think I’ve ever seen!

  6. 27th October 2015 / 8:18 am

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much lovely :) It was SUCH a lovely reviewed to do — I’ve never reviewed a book before. What a lovely one to start things off!

  7. 27th October 2015 / 8:23 am

    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.
    #TwinklyTuesday

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:19 am

      Aaah the boys were absolutely transfixed by it — SO many things to look at in the pictures!

  8. 27th October 2015 / 9:10 am

    What a gorgeous book and such a wonderful way to learn more about different habitats and animals. Those illustrations are just beautiful :-)

  9. 27th October 2015 / 9:11 am

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 9:17 am

      Aah I totally, wholeheartedly recommend it for a gift — the recipient would be absolutely thrilled!

  10. 27th October 2015 / 10:10 am

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 10:11 am

      I can’t recommend it enough — honestly — I was blown away when I opened the box!

  11. 27th October 2015 / 10:13 am

    This looks wonderful for learning and imagination too #Twinklytuesday

    • 27th October 2015 / 10:20 am

      It’s absolutely fantastic — so, so beautifully illustrated. The twins think it’s fabulous! :)

  12. 27th October 2015 / 11:04 am

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 2:10 pm

      Honesty Sara — you won’t regret it! I can’t remember the last time I was so blown away by something! And thanks for your lovely comment! :)

  13. 27th October 2015 / 11:26 am

    Oh wow that looks beautiful. I do love a beautiful book..it’s the librarian in me ;) #twinklytuesday xx

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Gosh — you really would love in in the flesh!! It’s fabulous — the most lovely book I’ve ever seen! x

  14. Lianne
    27th October 2015 / 12:19 pm

    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

    • 27th October 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Aah Lianne — they’ll absolutely love it, I’m sure! :)

  15. 27th October 2015 / 12:24 pm

    This looks lovely – so beautiful! #twinklytuesday

    • 27th October 2015 / 2:21 pm

      It really is beautiful — I hope the photos do it justice!

  16. 27th October 2015 / 1:41 pm

    This book look beautiful! My two love books with amazing illustrations, so this could be perfect for them! How fabulous that you got to review it. Great vlog too!
    #twinklytuesday

    • 27th October 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thanks ever so much! :) Aah I really recommend it — it’s absolutely stunning!

  17. 27th October 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Oh my gosh it’s so, so beautiful! What stunning illustrations. I adore the colours. I want it for myself. It looks wonderful! Xx #twinklytuesday

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:09 pm

      It’s fabulous Chloe — a really, really gorgeous thing. It’s definitely one to keep xx

  18. 27th October 2015 / 2:51 pm

    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

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:08 pm

      Aah it’s SUCH a beautiful book Jane. A fab present — especially as you can currently buy it on Amazon for just £13!!

  19. 27th October 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I got sent this too! It’s amazing…my hubby loved it the best. Think, like you say for kids and adults. Lovely review and piccys xxx Thanks for hosting x

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:07 pm

      Aaah I feel SO lucky to have been sent this one to review. The others look fab too but this one is absolutely gorgeous isn’t it? xx

  20. 27th October 2015 / 6:08 pm

    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

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Totally — it’s utterly enchanting — absolutely amazing quality, especially for the price!! And thank you!! I always feel a bit silly speaking to the camera!!! That’s so lovely of you to say xx

  21. 27th October 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Wow it looks beautiful. Perfect Christmas present. Great blog too x #twinklytuesday

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:02 pm

      Aaah it’s AMAZING! Would make SUCH a fab Christmas gift :)

  22. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    27th October 2015 / 7:36 pm

    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

    • 30th October 2015 / 12:01 pm

      It’s absolutely fabulous — a real book to treasure :) xx

  23. 27th October 2015 / 8:05 pm

    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

    • 28th October 2015 / 5:13 pm

      Aaah thanks so much pet!! I normally wouldn’t think to do a vlog, off the cuff, I like to have the Vlog Club prompts!! But this book absolutely warranted it. It’s GORGEOUS!!! :)

  24. Tracey Abrahams (The Anxious Dragon)
    27th October 2015 / 8:13 pm

    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

    • 28th October 2015 / 5:06 pm

      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.

  25. 28th October 2015 / 9:24 am

    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

    • 28th October 2015 / 4:43 pm

      Aah Mim — it really is gorgeous!! I’m so thrilled with it — and you’re right — you see different things every time you look at it. I bet your husband would absolutely LOVE it!! x

  26. 28th October 2015 / 8:54 pm

    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

    • 30th October 2015 / 10:26 am

      I had a look and actually on Amazon at the mo it’s £13!! Thirteen quid!!! SUCH a bargain — I am so impressed with it — it’s absolutely beautiful! x

  27. 30th October 2015 / 8:36 am

    Oh my gosh it is stunning. I adore it. Your blog is fab too. You such a natural!!!

    • 30th October 2015 / 10:23 am

      It’s GORGEOUS isn’t it?!! Not very often that I get the urge to do an impromptu vlog but loved this book SO much. Definitely a keeper :)

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