Kid’s Book Review: Anna’s Garden

Kid’s Book Review: Anna’s Garden

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

Anna knows what she likes and what she is good at. Even though catching a ball is not her favourite game, and loud noises make her ears hurt, there are lots of other things she can do. Anna likes to spend time on her own, but she is also very kind and likes to share the things she enjoys with others.

Featuring a neurodivergent character (Anna), this beautifully illustrated story is about sharing with friends, enjoying Nature, recognising your likes and dislikes and bringing joy to the world around you in your own unique way.

Editors Note: This story could be used as gateway for discussions with young children about some children’s preference to play alone or their dislike of loud noises or inability to cope with in situations with sensory overload.

Sarah Hewitt has always loved to draw and her early experiences influenced her first book ‘Grandad’. Since graduating from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Sarah has written and illustrated several books for children. Her latest works have a Cornish theme (The Cornish Pasty Pirates and The Sleeping Garden).

On her website you can read about why Sarah was inspired to create Anna’s Garden and see some examples of the artwork from inside pages in the gallery below.

If you are interested in finding out more about Sarah’s artistic technique please click on the link to find out more about her illustration process.

Book Review

My favourite character is Anna because I like her dress and she has the same name as me

I really like the rhymes in this story and Anna’s different friends. My favourite character is Anna because I like her dress and she has the same name as me.

Anna is very busy and has got her hands full in her garden so she doesn’t play with her friends but she is caring because she gives them gifts.

Like Anna I also like being in the garden especially when it’s sunny. It’s a good and nice story about a little girl carefully growing her garden.

At the end of the story the garden is beautiful because of all the colourful flowers and because Anna gave her friends gifts and they brought them back.

The illustrations are great. I would recommend this book to my friends.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Anna
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: Sparkly things, chocolate, princesses and ballet
  • Dislikes: Gravy and cabbage
  • Favourite book: You Choose Fairy Tales by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart
  • Favourite song: Shake it Off by Taylor Swift