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"In this affecting picture book, a boy recounts the life of his beloved great-grandfather . . . The author's illustrations, a blend of line drawings and sponge painting, have a classic feel, and make clever use of the topiary theme, rewarding close examination and repeated reading." —The New Yorker, on the English language edition
"Great-grandpa's memory may be going, but the past remains vibrantly alive in the playful topiaries that decorate his brilliantly green yard. Lush and magical." —People, on the English language edition
"An unassuming little masterpiece . . . the book's power lies in its rich, allusive artistry." —New York Times Book Review, on the English language edition
"It's a rare glimpse into Smith's softer side—as skillful as his more sly offerings, but crafted with honesty and heart." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review, on the English language edition
"Visually intriguing and emotionally resonant, this is a book to pore over and talk about. With each subsequent reading, it offers new layers of meaning and visual connections." —School Library Journal Starred Review, on the English language edition
"Opening this book is like opening a gate to a secret garden, filled with the treasures of a life well lived. In his portrait of a boy who adores and honors his forgetful great-grandfather, Smith shows us that the things that are meaningful to the ones we love become part of our garden, too."—Shelf Awareness, on the English language edition
"Though this book has lots of adult appeal, it will also be a wonderful bridge to exploring family history with the very young." —Kirkus Reviews, on the English language edition
Situated on the main street of the historic Delaware Riverfront town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Farley’s Bookshop and its knowledgeable, experienced staff have endeavored to satisfy the literary tastes of the area inhabitants for over fifty years. Whether you are Bucks County born-and-bred or just stopping by to enjoy the crisp river air and delightful scenery, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the largest and most diverse collection of books-in-print in Bucks County. Farley’s may have competition, but it has few peers. We encourage you to browse our website, but please remember that getting acquainted with our online persona is no substitute for exploring the narrow passageways and teeming shelves of our storefront and discovering that perfect book nestled amongst so many others.