August 18 2016

Whimsical Illustrations of Animal Topiaries by Terry Fan

I’m always on the lookout for well illustrated, interesting books for my kids. Not only do I like visually stunning books, with beautiful illustrations, I like it when the story is captivating. That’s why I was excited to stumble upon this relatively new book called The Night Gardener by brothers Terry and Eric Fan. (It just came out in February 2016.)

Here’s the story: “One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.”

Sounds like a fun read, doesn’t it? Just bought the book, excited to share it with my sons. Here are some illustrations from it.






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If you enjoy topiary, make sure to check out these surrealist topiary cats by Richard Saunders.

On a side note, how awesome would it be to have that cat topiary in front of your house?

Terry Fan’s website


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