Behind their cold, stone faces, gargoyles have warm, loving souls -- yet most people don't look deeply enough to notice. Angels can see the good inside them, though, and tonight the angels will sweep down to take their silent, stone friends on a magical journey, hand in hand.
Caldecott Honor artist Dav Pilkey's lyrical tale of these gentle stone creatures come to life is a reminder that everyone -- from the grievers to the dreamers to the believers -- is worthy of love.
|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books.
In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.
Dav has gone on to create award-winning and bestselling books for children. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 28 languages. In 2017, DreamWorks Animation brought the character to the silver screen in the feature film adaptation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Netflix is now streaming The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV show.
Dav’s latest creation, Dog Man, continues to be a #1 New York Times bestselling series with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide and translations available in more than 21 languages. Dav is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book.
Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A nice story about some sad gargoyles and a group of angels that come to cheer them up. The art is very nicely done and perfectly reflects the tone of the story with moody, dark, calm paintings. Overall it's a sadder tale with a positive message of hope and acceptance. Be prepared to rhyme, and say God a lot. Only religious in the sense that is talks about angels and invokes God.
While I'm sure children would enjoy the rhyme scheme and the gargoyles, this picture book is ideally suited for adults. The illustrations are rich and dark, reminiscent of stained glass in their jewel-toned color and geometric angles. And the story---of gargoyles once cherished and now feared and reviled being soothed by angels---possesses a poignant beauty in its singsong words that children might not yet have the maturity to appreciate. Those who know Pilkey for his Dumb Bunnies or Captain Underpants books are sure to be a little surprised at this more solemn work, but god bless the gargoyles is well worth adding to any library.
I first bought this book as a teacher in a Catholic school who decorated her room with lots of gargoyles I'd picked up over the years. Now the mom of a 15 month old, this is definitely our favorite book. We have a copy in the car, our house and at grammy's house. When it was lost at grammy's my then 10 month old found it himself, seeing the vivid stained glass windows tucked behind some things on a shelf. This is truly a beautiful and artistic book to be enjoyed by people of any age. Wish it came in a board book, and we'd have that, too!
As an art instructor, and fan of Dav Pilkey's work since he was Dave Pilkey, I found God Bless the Gargoyles to be beyond even my expectations. This book carries warmth, joy, and poignancy as we rediscover the guardian purpose of these grotesque sculptural figures from Gothic cathedrals. But there is so much more than that. As angels comfort the gargoyles and take them on nightly flights to comfort the needly and lost humans of our world, there is a message of acceptance that cannot be missed. It is not only the acceptance of need in the world but also of the ability of those different from us (the gargoyles appearance) to be of value in helping those in need. As a bonus, Pilkey gives us allusions to famous artwork in his illustrations, such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Hopper's Nighthawks. This is a book to be enjoyed on many levels, not just as a children's book. I recommend it for anyone, but especially for those whose children may be frightened by images of the night.