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The Invisible Garden
By (author): Marianne Ferrer By (author): Valérie Picard
9781459822115 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Apr 09, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 340 gr 64 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Prix Lux 2018, Winner CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
In the invisible garden, everything is possible.

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.

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.

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.

Key Selling Points

A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates imagination. As the only child at an adult party, someone suggests that Arianne might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. She follows her imagination into nature and then the cosmos.

A unique adventure, set in the heart of a garden, that encourages and celebrates

Long picture book of 64 pages, but minimal words. About 70% of pages don’t have text, leaving much to the reader’s imagination.

Gorgeous full color illustrations and hand lettering throughout.

Author is the publisher of the new darling literary publisher Monsieur Ed based in Quebec

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead." - Publishers Weekly

"There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story." - Quill & Quire

"Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling" - Resource Links

"Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This book is perfectly delightful.” - Kiss the Book blog

“A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”

- Youth Services Book Review

★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.” - Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

“Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.” - The Horn Book Online

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