The Invisible Garden by Valerie Picard is a cute, illustrated tale about a young girl who has gone with her parents to her grandmothers birthday party. As the adults all catch up and talk, Arianne unfortunately finds that there are no other children there and she quickly grows bored. Soon, it’s suggested that she should go out and play in the garden.
The story follows Arianne’s exciting exploration of the garden, one that blossoms and grows as her imagination gets the better of her and suddenly the garden has become so much more than what it was initially. Arianne both shrinks and grows as she explores, dives deep within the water to follow some fish and even travels up into the stars.
By the end of the story, she is found in the garden fast asleep, her imagination taking her dreams to fantastic places. And as she leaves, young Arianne happily wishes that she will visit her grandmother again soon so she can once again have fun in the garden.
The Invisible Garden is cute and is an excellent portrayal of a child’s impressive imagination. Aside from that, there really isn’t a whole lot to the story. The illustrations are nice, but not the sort that I fell in love with. I definitely find it impressive that the author put together so many images and does such an amazing job of portraying what a bored child looks like and does. Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I didn’t love it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.