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A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids

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by Anthony DeStefano, Erwin Madrid (Illustrator)
 

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Soon 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 this fun-filled, action story about a little boy named Joey who gets to take a whirlwind tour of heaven with his guardian angel,

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Soon 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 this 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 favorite 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This 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. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

"A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids is a wonderful adventure for both the heart and mind of any child or adult. Quite frankly, this is the type of book that is a conversation starter for the most important decisions in a young person's life. Every parent should have this resource at their child's bedside to remind them of the greater purpose—the greater callingdin their life. If you want to introduce your child to God and get them started on a path to powerful prayer and a deeper understanding of truth, then read this book to your child today."
John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, National Day of Prayer and Senior Pastor, Calvary Fellowship

“Eventually every child asks the same question: Where do we go when we die? With the help of an angel named Gabby and a winged suitcase, one little boy gets the chance to see heaven as Anthony DeStefano does. It is a journey both magical and mystical, a joyful ride for any boy or girl!”
—Meredith Vieira, former host of The Today Show and The View

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736955096
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
253,253
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of the adult Christian books A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, as well as the gift book I Just Can't Take It Anymore! and the children’s books Little Star, The Donkey That No One Could Ride, and Roxy, the Ritzy Camel. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

Erwin Madrid earned his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. During his last semester, PDI/DreamWorks Animation hired Erwin to work on the animated feature film, Shrek 2, and later became a visual development artist for the ongoing Shrek franchise and the Madagascar sequel. Erwin lives in the Bay Area where he continues to provide concept art for the entertainment industry.

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A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
My kids and I enjoyed this book. It is filled with beautiful illustrations and really gets your imagination going as to who you will see one day in Heaven, and what you would like to be able to do when you get there. It certainly breaks the boring, stand around in white dresses singing in the clouds sort of image.  Is is Biblical? Well, he's used creative licence for sure. I'm sure roller coasters weren't ever specifically mentioned, but I do believe Heaven will be a wonderful place - and if that's the case, fun must be included. It stands to reason. The kids and I discussed the fact that what's in the book are his ideas of what Heaven is like, but that God is preparing a wonderful place for us. I didn't come across anything that I felt contradicted what the Bible says about Heaven. We loved it.  I received this book from Harvest House for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Harvest House.