Book Review: Asael and The Grand Orange Effect
I really love reading children’s books and when someone that I love asks me if I would like to do a review for a relative of hers I am more than happy to. So here is my review of Asael and The Grand Orange Effect.
Asael and The Grand Orange Effect was written by P.D. Hall and Illustrated by Janine Krokus. So who is Asael? He is an angel in charge of coloring the universe after God created it. When he was finished all of the left over colors were to be sent to Earth for the people to use. His main goal was to find a use for the color orange. This is one of the cutest stories I have read. It combines two of my favorite things…reading and art! I really love how the story is written and also how Asael is not a serious angel all the time. He does joke around with God towards then end of the book. I love that because I don’t picture God as a serious person all the time.
Asael goes through all of the colors that he can use and then seems stumped when it comes to finding a use for the color orange. Orange is such a bright color! I love the ideas he comes up with. I really don’t want to share too much of the story because it is short and a very quick read. I will say Asael is a busy and smart angel! I also love that Asael and God share letters by writing to each other.
This book really hit home after reading it. Sure it is a kids book but this book holds a special place in my heart now. I have always imagined every time I look at the beauty around me such as a beautiful sunset that someone was up there painting it. I have always said to my husband if I ever have one job to do in heaven it would be to paint the sky. This next part is hard for me to write but you will see after I tell you this how much this book means to me…
I am sharing this beautiful sunset that is mostly pink for a good reason. It has to do with my love of this book and my beautiful niece who passed away in September. She was 30 years old and I am still on an emotional roller coaster ride from her passing. She was like a sister to me and her favorite color was pink. This Sunset was taken about a week or so after she had passed. I looked up at the sky and thought to myself wow, my niece is painting the sky!
The above picture is of me and my niece a few years back. It was really great timing that I got this book when I did. It makes me feel that it is possible that my niece is up there painting just like Asael. This book shows the love that God and his angels has for us. God wants to share so much beauty with us. Even though this world may not seem beautiful at times it helps us dig a little deeper and to look at the simple beauty around us.
At the end of this book don’t be surprised if your little ones ask you to read it again. I know my 2 and 4 year old wanted to read it again as soon as I closed the book. This book actually includes a page that the author wants you to copy and let your kids be like Asael and create their own work of art! How fun is that!
If you would like to purchase this book you can go here and get is for $19.99.
*Note I was not paid for my review of this book. This is my honest opinion of the book.