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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

The Invisible Garden

by (author) Marianne Ferrer & Valérie Picard

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Imagination & Play, General, Bedtime & Dreams
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
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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.

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.

About the authors

Originaire du Venezuela, Marianne Ferrer a immigré au Canada en 1998. Après avoir étudié l’illustration et le design au cégep Dawson à Montréal, elle a poursuivi ses études en design graphique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, où elle habite toujours. Marianne a illustré de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Toucania (Monsieur Ed), Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act (Annick Press) et The Invisible Garden (Orca)Son style est empreint de charme, de délicatesse et de profondeur.


Marianne Ferrer's profile page

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.


Valérie Picard's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Prix Lux

Editorial Reviews

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

Quill & Quire

“This book is perfectly delightful.”

Kiss the Book blog

&quotUse in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling&quot

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

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

&quotInteresting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder.&quot

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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

The Horn Book Online

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

Publishers Weekly

★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”

Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

“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

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