|I absolutely love the illustrations in God Bless the Gargoyles. Dav Pilkey has stepped away from his more humorous stories and gone a spiritual and Christian route. The nod to a famous painting also is a neat treat. While the story is religious (the Church, the story of gargoyles and angels), it is not “in your face” overly religious. It is more of a spiritual story. However yet, it is not for a non-believer.
I would have like more history of the gargoyle. It is mentioned but not fully explored. Over all the story is sweet and simple. The gargoyles once were respected, and everyone knew how they protected the church and the people of the village. And now, how they are tossed aside. It is the angels that show them they are not alone. They are with the gargoyles. Like many of the lost and seemly forgotten people of the world the gargoyles have an angel helping them. In this vein, the book would be a good sympathy gift. It can give comfort to the fact the person lost is now safe and no longer suffering, but you who seem lost, have someone watching over you.
The colors are vibrated and muted at the same time. There are rich, deep blues and the stained-glass windows stand out from the darker colors. They are a story within themselves. The fit the text and compliment it but are stand alone as well.
I would not give this to a child, however, it is great for the person who collects art book or Pilkey books.