First published in 1885, A Child’s Garden of Verses has delighted generations of children and adults. All the poems capture with a unique freshness and innocence the imaginative, transformative aspect of childhood. This beautiful paperback edition, with delicate and atmospheric watercolours by Kate Greenaway Medallist, Michael Foreman, will enchant a whole new generation of readers.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) is one of the most famous popular authors of modern times – he is ranked the 25th most translated author in the world, ahead of Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the novelist, poet and travel writer was the author of world-famous books such as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as well as this classic and much-loved children's poetry collection A Child's Garden of Verses.

Michael Foreman has illustrated over 100 books as well as writing and illustrating many of his own books. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, and has twice been nominated for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award.


Here’s an absolutely beautiful keepsake version of a mesmerising poetry anthology for children, first published over 100 years ago. This lovely edition has been brought bang up to date by Otter-Barry Books, with new illustrations from children’s literary legend Michael Foreman and a foreword from Alexander McCall Smith, author of the fantastic “No.1 Ladies Detective Agency” series. It’s a beautiful collection, truly.

A beautiful gift book stunningly illustrated. A wonderful opportunity for a new generation of families to discover these delightful poems and immerse themselves in the poet’s world which is lovingly recreated through the artwork.

The tenderness shown by Foreman to his subject strengthens the message for all parents to share the garden and play and give their children the chance to experience Stevenson’s recapturing of a transient sense of wonder and enchanting pleasure.

This beautiful hardback edition has been illustrated by Michael Foreman, with delicate colour and black and white illustrations which reflect the mood of the poems perfectly; the foreword is by Alexander McCall Smith. Every child should have a copy of this book!

This book will make a wonderful present and will add to any school, library and home collection. I am off to read some of the poems now, by the fireside and ready to dream!

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