Wednesday, November 18, 2009
When this ARC arrived today (I was fortunate enought to win it in a giveaway contest) my first thought was that it would make a splendid Christmas gift to our grand-daughter, who also collects angels, but that thought lasted two nanoseconds--only until I opened the first page. THIS BOOK IS MINE. It is absolutely breathtaking in concept. I had no choice but to drop everything I was doing and sit down and wallow in its beauty. The research and descriptions are splendid---they enhance the artwork.
Arranged in three sections: "Messengers", "A Hierarchy of Angels", and "Secular Angels," it has something for everyone. Whether you believe angels are a spiritual reality serving in the celestial family of the deity, or you think they are simply decorative adornments to art works, this book will appeal to you.
The pop-up format adds considerably to its enjoyment bringing a third dimension to the reader's experience. In addition to gigantic and detailed two page pop-ups,(they can be seen from either side of the book-front and back) there are tiny side "books" (about 3x4) on the sides with additional pictures and text supplementing the visual sensation. It certainly is not a book to be handed to a young toddler, but a youngster who can sit with a parent, or grandparent, or aunt or uncle and respect a book will be as enchanted as the adult doing the reading. I'll just give you a peek...then you can go get yours and enjoy. Here's The Archangel Michael. Fischer's artwork is masterful and can only be believed by seeing it in person. This picture will whet your appetite, but it does not do it justice.
Posted by Tina at 6:33 PM