Published by Thomas Nelson
I was first drawn to Gaby, God’s Little Angel by the cover. The illustrator, Marina Fedotova did an amazing job of creating characters that grab your heart. The idea of the story/message was also compelling. As the publisher’s description states, “What little girl wouldn’t love her very own guardian angel? Parents and children alike will be won over by this humorous tale of Gabby, a guardian angel in training who has much to learn about taking care of God’s little ones.” I could not wait to read this book to my youngest daughter.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. First, the layout for the E-book was not done properly. The text was all over the place, with some lines bold and large, while other lines were small. A couple sentences were even broken in the middle of a word. In addition, it seemed every other sentence contained an ellipse, and again, this made reading difficult. Finally, the dialogue was hard to follow, and a tiny bit contrived. I thought it worked too hard at being cute.
However, I was touched by the scene where Gaby warned the horse to be careful while carrying Sophie. Again, the illustrations pulled at my heart, as she cautioned, with her and the horse’s foreheads pressed together, “The Lord loves her very, very much. So no funny business! Not a waddle to the right or a toddle to the left.” More scenes and dialogue such as this would have made Gaby, God’s Little Angel a 5+star book.
The message that the book portrays is another factor that necessitates a higher rating. Little kids can feel comforted by the knowledge that God loves us so much that He sends angels to watch over us. Too much in today’s world can chip away at us, and having confidence in God’s love is vital. This book helps instill that kind of confidence in young girls.
Because of the message and illustrations, I give this book four stars (three if it is in e-book format). Nevertheless, I definitely was not as wowed as I expected to be.
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