Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel (Paperback)

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By Philippa Pearce, Edith (Illustrator)
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In this graphic novel adaptation of Pearce’s Carnegie Medal-winning novel, Tom's Midnight Garden, artist Edith evokes the same sense of wonder and discovery in a fresh format. Tom 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 curious grandfather clock, belonging to the peculiar landlady upstairs, strike for a thirteenth time. Creeping downstairs to investigate, Tom discovers an enchanted garden unbound by time that appears to him alone. Returning night after night, Tom develops a friendship with high-spirited Hatty, the only young garden inhabitant that can see him. Edith’s illustrations are atmospheric, drawing the reader ever deeper into both the magic and mystery of Tom’s nighttime time-traveling escapades. Tom’s letters to his brother Peter, in which he describes his unlikely adventures, and his discussions with his Uncle Alan about time travel and other fringe science, combine beautifully with Edith’s detailed depictions of Tom’s experiences, from Hatty’s age shifting each visit to the changing garden landscape. Charming and absolutely engrossing, Edith’s adaptation will allow a whole new generation of readers to discover Pearce’s timeless tale.

— From Sara


This exquisite graphic novel adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s Carnegie Medal–winning Tom’s Midnight Garden reimagines a beloved classic in a new, full-color format. With stunning art from award-winning graphic artist Edith, readers will be swept up in this transcendent story of friendship.

When Tom’s brother gets sick, Tom’s shipped off to spend what he’s sure will be a boring summer with his aunt and uncle in the country. But then Tom hears the old grandfather clock in the hall chime thirteen times, and he’s transported back to an old garden where he meets a mysterious girl named Hatty. Tom returns to the garden every night to have adventures with Hatty, who grows a little older with each visit. As the summer comes to an end, Tom realizes he wants to stay in the midnight garden with Hatty forever.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Tom’s Midnight Garden is a classic of children’s literature and a deeply satisfying time-travel mystery. This stunning graphic novel adaptation from award-winning French artist Edith transforms Philippa Pearce’s story into an engaging visual adventure.

About the Author

Philippa Pearce is the author of many books, several of which are considered classics both in the United States and in her native England. Her award-winning titles include Tom's Midnight Garden, which received the Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Notable Book; The Battle of Bubble and Squeak, which received the Whitbread Award; and Mrs. Cockle's Cat, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Praise For…

“This gorgeously rendered adaptation of a classic work of children’s literature adeptly brings to life Pearce’s descriptive language. ...This excellent graphic novel adaptation will introduce the tale to a new generation of readers. A must-purchase.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

“Expertly varied, atmospheric panels shift in mood and perspective, drawing the reader ever deeper into the magic and mystery of Tom’s nightly escapades. . . . This engrossing adaptation will allow a new generation of readers to discover Pearce’s timeless tale.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Edith’s] fine-lined figures, sketchy shading, stylish shapes, and muted palette of natural tones balance a modern look with the old-fashioned story. Perfect for fans of time-travel adventures or fantasies with a  smidgen of historical fiction.”
— Booklist

“Imbued with deep feeling, this dramatic, poignant, joyful story invites imagine the impossible.”
— Wall Street Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062696564
ISBN-10: 0062696564
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 100
Language: English
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