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god bless the gargoyles Paperback – July 26, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Angels befriend the grotesque church guardians in this comforting story. "Pilkey imbues these dreamy vistas with electricity, the skin-prickling feeling of witnessing a special event," said PW. All ages. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-Gargoyles that long ago were "set...on perches to guard and protect and watch over churches" have over time become objects of fear and derision. Now they are sad and full of pain and their "stony old hearts" are broken. But graceful young angels arrive on a stormy night, one for each gargoyle, to comfort them and fly with them over the earth. The angels cast God's blessing on all creatures. Even the grieving, the lonely, and the homeless are shown to have guardian angels to comfort and protect them. This simple story with its dubious message that all is right with the world is told in doggerel-like couplets with a number of forced rhymes. The neatly boxed and bordered poetry, four lines to a page, is imposed on spectacular illustrations. The richly colored, sculptural, textured paintings fill the double-page spreads. Echoes of medieval stained glass, city buildings outlined against brilliantly hued night skies, and lonely streets inspired by Edward Hopper blend in a sequence of dramatic pictures through which the gargoyles and their attendants continuously fly. Gargoyles and angels are popular icons and will certainly attract notice, but Pilkey's trivialized, sentimental story does not equal the high quality of the illustrations.
Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The first time I heard this was in a kid-lit class in college. A teacher read it aloud and it was enchanting. And it cemented my love of gargoyles. The kids liked the book and would often study the pictures of them in our photo book that featured French architecture (gargoyles).
A great picture/story book for anyone's collection!
Whatever you do, get one in very good condition. We did and it couldn't be better.
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