cover image Tom’s Midnight Garden

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce, adapted and illus. by Edith. Greenwillow, $22.99 (100p) ISBN 978-0-06-269657-1

In this graphic-novel adaptation of Pearce’s Carnegie Medal–winner, Edith evokes the original book’s sense of wonder and discovery in a fresh format. He is disappointed to be sent to his Uncle Alan and Aunt Gwen’s gardenless, drab home for summer holiday while his younger brother, Peter, recovers from measles. His days are filled with eating and boredom, but his sleepless nights take an unexpected turn when Tom hears the grandfather clock, belonging to the peculiar landlady, strike for a 13th time. Creeping downstairs to investigate, Tom discovers an enchanted garden, unbound by time. Returning night after night, he develops a friendship with high-spirited Hatty, the only garden inhabitant who can see him. Edith’s expertly varied, atmospheric panels shift in mood and perspective, drawing the reader ever deeper into the magic and mystery of Tom’s nightly escapades. Tom’s letters to Peter, in which he describes the adventures, and his discussions with his Uncle Alan about time travel combine effectively with the artist’s detailed depictions of Tom’s experiences, reflecting the changing garden landscape and Hattie’s age. This engrossing adaptation will allow a new generation of readers to discover Pearce’s timeless tale. Ages 8–12. [em](Apr.) [/em]