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.”