Disclosure: I recieved a copy of The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom to review. All words, thoughts and images are — as ever — entirely my own.
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 received a book to review.
Richard 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.
The Wonder Garden.
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom
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.
Most adults we know would absolutely love to be given a copy. Our little sons were totally captivated by it too. They’re obsessed with their books, but this was something a little special.
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 in The Wonder Garden by Kristjana S Williams & Jenny Broom are beautiful is an understatement.
They’re absolutely exquisite; intricate, engraved illustrations that depict the flora and fauna of these amazing landscapes.
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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 transfixed by the pictures. They loved to point 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.
The Wonder Garden published by Wide Eyed Editions is available from all good book sellers.