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THE GAR­DEN GI­ANT by Fiona Rose www.car­go­col­lec­tive.com/Fion­aRose

The Gar­den Gi­ant is a magical story that il­lus­trates some un­com­fort­able as­pects of child­hood: sud­den body aware­ness, feel­ings of self-con­scious­ness and the de­sire to ‘fit in’. For au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Fiona Rose, it was im­por­tant to in­fuse the nar­ra­tive with two fun­da­men­tal ques­tions: Who am I? Where do I be­long?

“The for­mat of the book was de­signed to com­ple­ment and re­flect the pro­tag­o­nist – a young gi­ant. It’s there­fore un­con­ven­tion­ally tall and prob­a­bly too big to fit in most book­cases,” says Rose, who used oil paint to con­vey the sump­tu­ous vi­brancy of the gar­den in the story.

“I adore lo­ca­tion draw­ing and it’s been a plea­sure to visit some beau­ti­ful places in Corn­wall, where the story is set,” she adds. “My big­gest chal­lenge was adapt­ing the sto­ry­line to make it com­mer­cially vi­able. The project be­came a bal­anc­ing act be­tween the com­mer­cial con­straints of pub­lish­ing and my de­sire to speak of in­ter­nal strug­gle and the hu­man con­di­tion.”

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