Book Review: Garmann's Secret

Book Description

Garmann is back for another story in this follow-up to the acclaimed books Garmann’s Summer and Garmann’s Street. And he’s joined once more by some favorite characters from the original book, including the twins Hannah and Johanna.

"They’re like two peas in a pod," adults whisper about the girls. But Garmann knows that they aren't. Then one day Johanna takes Garmann into the woods to show him a surprise, and the two find a secret world full of imagination and discovery.

Award-winning author and illustrator Stian Hole has once again created a book filled with wonder that will delight fans of Garmann.

About the Author

Stian Hole is a Norwegian author and illustrator. His picture books include Garmann’s Street and Garmann’s Summer, which won a BolognaRagazzi Award, a Batchelder Award Honor, and an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The book also was recently named to the IBBY Honour List for 2010.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802854001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802854001

This talented author and illustrator, Stian Hole, has written Garmann's Street, Garmann's Summer and now Garmann's Secret. I didn't know what to expect when I had received the children's book from Library Thing for review. This was new territory for me. Let me share my discoveries with you.

Book Review

The children's book, Garmann's Secret by Stian Hole is available for purchase in March of 2012.
The illustrations are an interesting blend of photographs, collages and paintings. The illustrator-author creates a story of wonder and the book begins with the main character Garmann finding a world full of imagination and discovery, along with the twins, Hannah and Johanna.

The setting of the playground shows the diversity of children and their unique interactions. The dialogue between the identical twin girls reveals  a contrast in their personalities. The story moves along nicely when Garmann and Johanna take a walk through the forest because she has a secret to share with him. It is at this point of the story that I love the universal hook because, after all, everyone has a secret. The forest scenes are wonderfully filled with warm earth tones and the children come across an old, abandoned space capsule. The plot unveils a fantastic journey of so many wonderful imagining places, along with a sweet foundation of reality and play, kids growing up in wonderment of the creator of planet earth... This is a great book. I recommend it with 5 *s.

Garmann's Secret

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