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The Night the Forest Came to Town

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  36 reviews
From dusk to dawn a forest creeps into a town where the grown-ups are too distracted to notice. But the children do. They see greenery take root in the lifeless cracks of dull sidewalks. They see an eagle build her nest atop a forgotten fountain and saplings start to sprout in dark corners. A gray-drab city defined by concrete and steel, vibrations and notifications, trans ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Orca Book Publishers
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Kristy K
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, children, arc, netgalley
With whimsical illustrations and a catchy rhyming scheme, this is a perfect storybook for children and their parents. It's the story of how the trees and plants came into a town, bringing along woodland creatures, and beautified the once dreary concrete city.
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this one! I am actually going to go and pick-up a copy to put in the toy box for all the children that visit my house.

Charles Ghigna has done a beautiful job of putting together a story that reads in verse. There is a rhythm to the story, a rhyming tone and pace that is just perfect. Additionally Ghigna has snuck in some complex words like: rendezvous, shimmer, shroud, azure blue; that children can learn as they hear the story over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful and I love
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story told in rhyme about restoring the natural environment. The town is all concrete with no plants or trees. When a crack appears in the concrete, seeds are dropped by birds, the wind blows in seeds and plants begin to grow. The town is renewed with plants, trees and gardens and animals that come to make their homes in the new growth. A magical story that could be used when studying the environment and habitats. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to the story. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone who lives in a bigger city that does have a lot of nature, wildlife, and large untouched forest areas, I felt quite connected to this book. Even though I frequently see wildlife such as deer, rabbits, squirrels, and eagles, I'm still amazed at how stunning they are. And I can imagine how excited the characters in this book are when they wake up to find a forest full of beautiful nature and wildlife in their city which was previously a concrete jungle. I loved this book from cover to c ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, haven-read
A lovely rhyming story about a forest creeping into a city on a late summer evening. The wind and birds spread seeds to create rooftop gardens and saplings root in concrete cracks overnight. Animals find their way into the park to build their homes and when the children wake the next morning, the forest continues growing. Beautiful illustrations bring this magical children's story to life.
Thanks to Orca and Netgalley for a digital ARC to review.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, childrens-books
This was great! I really liked the story and how it was poetic. Some of the pages were aesthetically beautiful. The illustrations of the animals and plants were really nice, and I loved the contrast between the very vibrant light and dark colours. I really appreciated how the people reflected what a population would look like in an actual city, as there was a lot of diversity.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC!
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Night the Forest Came to Town tells a gentle, rhyming story of some little ways that bits and pieces of wildlife "arrive" overnight in a city. From bird nests to flowers, from rodents to new seedlings, the forest reclaims certain sections of the city that become more visible and beautiful as the sun dawns.

I suppose it's a little bit of a "human vs. nature" story without feeling antagonistic, though a bit idealized in its outcome. Still, I enjoyed the illustrations, especially the colors and
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a2, october, orca, 2018
I read this on a Kindle, but I think it's definitely one that needs to be read in a physical book. The kindle just doesn't do it justice. But even in that form it's gorgeous; the words have a fantastic rhythm, and the pictures are amazing, glowing and lush. The detail is brilliant.

This is a lovely book and I can't wait to see it in real life.

Receiving an ARC did not alter my review in any way.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely tale of the forest returning to reclaim the city as it's own. Live long enough, in some places, and you too can watch it's slow return! I think this would be a wonderful story to read with a grandchild. It would even be lovelier to talk a walk with an older grandchild and show them how an area has begun to revert after reading the story. I liked the illustrations, too

I received a Kindle Arc in exchange for a fair review from Netgalley.
Nostalgia Reader
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
On my first readthrough, I read this as a story with a post-apocalyptic bent. The plants and animals all take a front seat in the illustrations and the way that nature starts to make its way into town–moss and other plants emerge through cracks in the sidewalk–just screams nature taking back its place in a deserted city.

But this is not a deserted city, rather it’s one that’s densely populated, and nature comes to visit by taking advantage of all cracks and fountains and statues that lend themsel
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written in perfect rhyme that is enriched by whimsical,vibrant illustrations, this book pulls the reader into the magic it is about to weave. This obscure little town is hemmed in with concrete and inanimateness. No greenery exists so it lacks the beauty of nature and lushness of plant life. Then it has a wonderful natural event awakening ...

One day from dusk to dawn a true miracle transpires. A forest slowly makes its way into the lifeless town starting with the wind blowing a sudden rush of gr
Danielle Thompson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
*i received an ARC of this children’s book through NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own.

What a wonderfully whimsical rhyming story! I absolutely loved the illustrations and how easily the story flowed. I feel like it is the perfect amount of words per page. Definitely a great story to have for little children.

My 4 year old absolutely loved the illustrations. It takes a lot to catch her attention, but this book had no trouble keeping her entertained as I read. I will definitely be a
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute story for kids about wild animal «invading» the city street at night, but it's really more, I think, an allegory about the importance of keeping a natural part, a place for nature, in the modern city. The story in itself was average, but I give one more start just for the importance and my liking of the message it try to pass on!!
Mortisha Cassavetes
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I must thank Netgalley for this advanced digital copy. This book is beautiful. The story is about how nature will overtake places in time including cities. The illustrations are amazing. This is definitely a book to look for in Oct. Would be a great gift to kids of all ages. I highly recommend this book of poetry.
Laura N
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review
I recieved this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Night is falling in town and as it gets darker, the forest slowly makes it's way into town. The Night the Forest Came to Town is a beautifully illustrated book with fun rhyming text.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet, simple rhyming book with beautiful illustrations children (and me!) will love, especially if they love nature.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
The color choices and illustrations of this were absolutely stunning and the storyline is tempting. However, I'm left with one huge question, what happens when the city wakes up in the morning and finds the forest has moved in? It left me wanting
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, childrens-books
Beautiful and simple story about a forest taking over a city in the night. You don't really get a human reaction to the events, it's just a pretty book about nature coming back to the manmade landscape. My son really liked it and thought the town should be renamed Forest City.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This book is trying really hard to be magical and deep and it didn’t quite work for me. Ages 4-6.
Engel Dreizehn
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC Copy...lyrical in prose and beautiful illustrations of nature creeping gently into an urban landscape "enhancing" it one magical night.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Great artwork! The rhyming phrasing in this book was clever. Highly recommend!

5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Charles Ghigna has a beautiful poetic way of putting things while still remaining accessible. The illustrations are beautiful. I wish the forest would come to town in more places!
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Night the Forest Came to Town was a simple, calming book. I thoroughly enjoyed the rhymes and it was a smooth read. The pictures were nice, but not exceptional. It would be a good book for bedtime. Overall, the book was good, the rhyming being the high point.

I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Carol Evans
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I loved this little picture book. One night, nature comes to the dull, drab town. It blows in and scampers in and flies in. The illustrations are whimsical, detailed,  and perfect for the story. The plants and animals are bright and colorful where the concrete and buildings are gray and boring. The rhyming text is cute and I think this would make a wonderful read aloud.

The joy the plants and flowers and animals bring to the city-dwellers is obvious. It's a good reminder for all of us to include
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May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Throughout the night, plants and animals come to a busy town, transforming it from drab and gray to a bright, beautiful town. This book was delightful! The illustrations are terrific, and the words were even better. One of my pet peeves is "rhyming" books that have trite, overdone rhyming words and that have terrible meter, so I'm thrilled that this book has completely fresh rhymes and that they have a lyrical quality that makes them a delight to read aloud. Really, really well done.

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Hannah R
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Jan 15, 2019
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As someone in a city without a lot of grass, I found this story a fun little adventure. I wish a forest would creep into my town at night!
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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. His poems h