January 21, 2014

The day an angel ran into my room - Annabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon

Title: The day an angel ran into my room
Author: Annabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon
Illustrator: Sarah Latham
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.
Release date: 2012
Pages: 53


* Even though you might think that you are a tiny dot in a huge big universe, yet there is only one of you in the entire world. So each one of you makes a big difference *

Alessandra is a typical six-year-old, who one day meets an angel in her bedroom! Through this encounter, the little girl discovers her own power and magical inner world. This is the story of The Day an Angel Ran into My Room.
At bedtime, Alessandra asks her mother if she can stay up for "only five more minutes." Then she gets an unlikely visitor: her guardian angel, Angelisse. The angel looks very much like a child herself, making it very easy for Alessandra to relate to her.
The angel explains to the little girl how important every person is in the universe, how every action causes a reaction, the importance of visualization, and many other magical things. The story teaches kids that they are never alone, since their guardian angels are always looking out after them, and that children have the power to change their world through their thoughts and actions.
First-time author Anabelle Valenzuela grew up all over the world, including Europe, the United States and her native Honduras. For the past 18 years, she has lived in Miami with her family. She has worked in the communications field for the last 20 years. She was inspired to write this book by her kids.
Sarah Latham lives in North Wales, UK, and has followed her passion to create images that captivate a younger audience. Her illustrations are global.


* One of the most important secrets is that what you think about grows and grows until you see it. So it's important to think only GOOD things. * 

The day an angel ran into my room was presented as a children’s version of Rhonda Byrne’s book The secret and it is, in my opinion, a rather good description. Annabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon tells the story of six-year-old Alessandra, who meets an angel in her bedroom. In just five minutes, she learns several secrets and important lessons about life.
Written in a simple way, the book will teach children how to believe in their own power and to understand how each action has a reaction. The angel does not look like an adult, which probably makes it easier for children to feel close to her; using the words children can use and understand, the angel explains the importance of each individual in the universe, how each and every one of us can be a teacher, how important it is to visualize good things in order to be happy… and above all, that nobody is ever alone, because guardian angels are always around.
The colours and illustrations perfectly match the tone and the content of the book and give a feeling of quietness and security. Everything is soft, from the pastel tones to the faces of the characters. The balance in the pictures is perfect: enough details, but not too many, in order not to distract the children from the text. The sentences are also rather short and the text split on about fifty pages, which will help keep the children’s attention.
The day an angel ran into my room is a lovely book which will please children, especially as bedtime story. Although it will probably touch girls in the first place –because of the colours and drawing style, but also because most of the characters and the main protagonist are feminine– it will no doubt be enjoyed by any child between four and eight years old.
I would like to thank the author, Annabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon, for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange of my review and I apologize for the delay in publishing it.

Partnership with author Annabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon
Organised by Bostick Communication

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