A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids


955096Soon after his popular A Travel Guide to Heaven was published, bestselling author Anthony DeStefano recognized that children also have many questions about Heaven.

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of that book, Anthony wrote Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids, a fun-filled, action story about a little boy named Joey who gets to take a whirlwind tour of heaven with his guardian angel, Gabby.

Artist Erwin Madrid’s stunning illustrations bring the story to life, showing heaven to be a place where everyone is happy, the animals all get along, and God’s glory is more amazing than anything Joey had ever seen in his whole life.

This long-awaited children’s edition will quickly become a favourite for the reader and the child alike. Imagine the comfort and peace children will experience when they hear about this incredible place God has prepared for them.

 

 

Book Review

9780736955096_p1_v3_s192x300This children’s version of DeStefano’s popular A Travel Guide to Heaven presents a concrete vision of heaven as a “new Earth.”

A boy named Joey, “sad that people and animals had to die,” is visited by an equally childlike angel, Gabby, who tells him “everyone has a guardian angel” and takes him on a tour of heaven—on a winged suitcase, a story element left unexplained.

Illustrator Madrid, who has worked on the Shrek films, depicts heaven as a pastoral landscape where loved ones reunite and all animals, even dinosaurs, live happily in the foothills of God’s house.

Stylistic traces of the artist’s training as an animator inform the human figures; their large heads, expressive eyes, and snub noses recall CGI movies of recent years, softened with painterly edges and backgrounds.

Earth’s scenes use primary colors, a nice counterpoint to Heaven’s golden tones. For staunch religious traditionalists, the message is reassuring: Heaven is a place of eternal happiness and peace; therefore, death is not scary. Ages 5–8.

 

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