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Growing Wonder

Illustrator Susie Ghahremani 02 IL and her longtime collaborator Jennifer Ward have received warm praise for their newest picture book What Will Grow?

Growing Wonder

What Will Grow? (Bloomsbury Kids), the newest picture book from illustrator Susie Ghahremani 02 IL and her longtime collaborator Jennifer Ward, has been warmly welcomed since it surfaced on Valentine’s Day.

Ghahremani’s gouache on wood artwork captures the wonder of growing a garden from seed to full bloom. “Featuring rounded, simplified botanical forms, the book’s decorative gouache paintings are playful and satisfying,” notes the Booklist review, which goes on to applaud What Will Grow? as “a satisfying, interactive picture book for reading aloud.”

“Quietly lovely… Ghahremani’s art is playful yet refined,” writes the reviewer for Publishers Weekly, which gives the book a starred review. “And the soft textures of the wood she paints on bring warmth to vignettes of dandelion-laden meadows, pumpkins stalked by a fox and frosty winter fields… An enchanting vision of how strikingly different seeds and plants can be.”

Ghahremani’s original paintings for the book go on view this Friday (March 18) as part of a solo show that continues through early April at Giant Robot’s GR2 Gallery in Los Angeles.


The San Diego-based illustrator also recently earned a Mentorship Award at the portfolio show held in conjunction with the 2017 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference in LA.

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