‘The Sprite and the Gardener’ is a real cute quick graphic novel about how a flower fairy decides to help a human girl breathe life into her neglected backyard garden. Created by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt, the book has a palette that is slightly disorienting at first. More soft sober shades would’ve been nice but the loud panels will be attractive for younger readers.
Plot overview – Once upon a time, magical little beings called sprites would do the job of looking after flowers and gardens, but ever since humans started taking gardening too seriously, the sprites relaxed and stopped growing things. However, Wisteria, a young sprite, wants to grow flowers with her own handwork and secretly helps a girl grow more plants.
Just 86 pages long, ‘The Sprite and the Gardener’ is a straightforward summery book celebrating nature and the joy of gardening. Wisteria is a sweet character, her hair looks like a dandelion, so she can easily camouflage herself as a flower when she is in the wild. The creators establish an idealistic world where sprites and people live in harmony; so there’s close to zero conflict in the story but it does have a lot of heart.
It’s a 3.5/10 from me.
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