Counting in the Garden

Counting in the Garden Cover

Counting in the Garden

By Patrick Hruby; Emily Hruby

Ammo Books, Board Books, 9781934429709, 58pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011


""Counting in the Garden"" celebrates the joy of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables in one's very own garden. This chunky board book is a visual feast from one to twelve. Young children will love finding and counting all of the garden treats. Every other page introduces a new plant or animal into the mix until ultimately all twelve additions are featured together in the final, abundantly overgrown garden. ""Counting in the Garden"" is sure to appeal to eco-conscious parents and their ""green"" little kids.

About the Author
Los Angeles-based illustrator Patrick Hruby grew up in a log cabin within an Idaho forest. As a young boy he dreamt of running away to join the circus and become a trapeze artist. Eventually, however, he grew up to study math and physics before attending the renowned Art Center College of Design and pursuing a career as an illustrator. His interest in the geometry of nature is central to his work. Influenced by artists and designers such as Charley Harper, Paul Rand, and Mary Blair, Hruby has gone on to develop his own stunning and modern aesthetic.

Hruby's clients include "The New York Times Magazine", Playboy Jazz Festival, Varsity Pictures, and Brand New School. "CMYK Magazine" recently named him one of their Top 100 New Creatives.

Praise For Counting in the Garden

"The bold, colorful pictures in 'Counting in the Garden' could easily adorn a shopping bag for a tony London department store. Making appearances both underground and above are earthworms, sunflowers, strawberries, watermelons, snails, tomatoes, and even thistles—which, the author informs us, grew by accident." —ForeWord Reviews

"Los Angeles-based illustrator Patrick Hruby employs vibrant hues and interesting shapes ... his compositions are visually striking." —Grain Edit

"There's charm in the disproportionate perspective; the onion towers over the individual while he peers down, dwarfing the turnips growing below. Retro geometric shapes enhance the angled beauty. The quiet text benefits from spare descriptions. 'Six sweet strawberries, hanging from vines // Seven slipper snails, with different colored shells.' By alternating between counting text and wordless spreads, the book allows for moments of calm transition." —Kirkus Reviews