Author(s): Terry Fan; Eric Fan
When an orphan boy meets a mysterious gardener, lacklustre Grimloch Lane is transformed in to a street where magic happens.
When William sees the trees in the park outside of his orphanage taking shape as an owl, a cat, a magnificent dragon and a range of other exotic creatures he is as entranced as all his neighbours, but when he follows an unfamiliar stranger who invites him to help his "night gardening" the gift of topiary becomes his salvation. Not only does it bring happiness to William but to the whole neighbourhood, and when winter eventually takes the leaves away they are all changed, the area rejuvenated, and William's loneliness has been replaced by a sense of purpose.
The redemptive powers of art and nature shine from this book by Canadian brothers Eric and Terry Fan, graphically illustrated in vintage style backdrops and a changing light that add to atmosphere.
TERRY FAN received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits and prints. The Night Gardener is his first book. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at krop.com/terryfan and society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).
ERIC FAN is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions and impossible dreams. The Night Gardener is his first children's book. See more of his work at society6.com/opifan64 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration).