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category: Children's Fiction
published: April 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Invisible Garden

by Valérie Picard, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

tagged: imagination & play, bedtime & dreams

A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.

With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.

About the Authors

Valérie Picard

Valérie Picard is the artistic director at the Quebec publishing house Monsieur Ed. After obtaining a diploma in visual arts and a degree in anthropology, she fell in love with children's literature. She draws, reads, buys way too many books (ignoring the fact that she has no more space for them) and entertains herself with online Harry Potter questionnaires in order to discover in which house the Sorting Hat would place her. Valerie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After attending Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, for illustration and design, she completed her education in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her style is characterized by its charm, delicacy and depth. Marianne lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
  • Winner, Prix Lux
Editorial Reviews

★ &quotFerrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews—starred review

&quotCaptures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead.&quot

— Publishers Weekly

&quotThere's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story.&quot

— Quiil & Quire

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