On a day in which everything aches and spikes fall from the skies, Anna turns the world on its head. She takes her daddy on a fantastic journey all the way to the bottom of the sky where the invisible ones live. Daddy is careworn and quiet, and Anna helps both herself and her daddy through the most difficult of days.
Anna’s Heaven is an exceptionally beautiful book about overcoming grief, succeeding in this without becoming an overly sad or sentimental tale.
Stian Hole is one of our foremost picture book artists, and Anna’s Heaven is a work of art, both in terms of text and illustrations.
'Norway’s Stian Hole does it once more. He has written and illustrated a philosophical and seductive picture book for children of all ages… Much has been written about death in books for children. But no one writes and creates picture books like Hole does. Also, about death. … Hope is there on every page. Both in words and images.'
Nordjyske Stiftstidende – Six out of six
'An exceptionally beautiful work by Stian Hole. ... One of our most frequently awarded writers of picture books and one who doesn’t worry about pleasing others. That attitude makes for good literature. An outstandingly beautiful as well as meaningful picture book.'
An exceptionally beautiful work by Stian Hole. ... One of our most frequently awarded writers of picture books and one who doesn’t worry about pleasing others. That attitude makes for good literature.
Hole’s masterly way of addressing you through his images offers comfort about the resting-place of the dead. ... readers who want to study the details will have many happy hours ahead and will also find visual references to Alice in Wonderland.