...The author shows true understanding of her intended audience. The curiosity and imagination of a young child are captured exceptionally well in the personality of the main character. It will be easy for young children to relate to Alieya and her thoughts. Further, the author's attention to minor details, like Alieya's pet cat, Tajo, who appears by her side throughout the narrative, really brings the story to life. Lastly, the length of the book is just right; the narrative is long enough to tell a meaningful story, but short enough to maintain the attention of young readers.
The watercolor illustrations are charming and striking. The choice of medium for the illustrations, along with the color palette used, give the images an ethereal feel; the illustrations align well with the themes of faith and God present in this book. The contrast between the warm and cool tones found in the illustrations adds to their appeal and really makes the images pop from the page. The illustrator, Ashley Bostanic, skillfully avoids cartoon-like images, and focuses on imaginative and expressive imagery, ensuring the pictures correlate to the words on the adjoining page and work to enhance the story. The combination of style, color choice, and expression give the illustrations a unique and harmonious feel. Though simple in some ways, the illustrations provide a cozy, homey feel that children and adults will find comforting... --------------------------------
What I appreciated about the story is that the perspective is on angels, and not the things they fight. The comfort brought from the pages focuses on those beings that are in control, namely God and the angels that He sends to help. With this knowledge, Alieya can be at ease during the day and sleep peacefully at night, knowing that someone is watching over her all the time. Angels, Angels Everywhere by Susan M Branz is recommended for young children, especially those whose life circumstances are filled with worry and care.