This uplifting book of love, personal power and intuition is part fairy tale, part self-actualisation. Buckan, a brave young stag, embarks on a journey to find a mythical garden in order to gain the strength to save his fellow deer from the attacking wolves. The journey tests his faith and courage, and forces him to overcome his deepest fears. A tale of trust and bravery of heart, this compelling and poetic fable shows the importance of intuition and love.
Publisher: Perpetualaum Books, Feb 2014
Reviewer: Ffion Evans
The Mountain Garden is a story filled with description and detail which gives you the impression that you are there with Buckan, the young stag, on his courageous and life changing journey. With each chapter a new struggle arises that Buckan has to conquer leading to the question of will he ever reach the Mountain Garden, and even if the magical garden will be able to help him and his fellow stags. The incorporation of other animals aside from deer in the book gave it some depth and a sense of reality despite being a book with magic. It is interesting to note how some characters began as either allies or enemies and how some changed sides throughout the story.
The Mountain Garden uses language that unlike the majority of children’s book, is not dumbed down; Will Ottley challenges his young readers with words they may have not come across before, meaning that they learn something as well as enjoying the book. The sentence structure of the book allowing for easy reading and the book flows smoothly throughout. The illustrations are a vital part of making the book a good read, it helps feed and widen the reader’s imagination and makes the story come alive through these visual aids. This book is a great read for children, leaving them with a good moral and a protagonist who is likeable and relatable.