The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
This is most certainly one of our best pictorial gift books for children 6 to 12 years of age. Dangerous Journey is lavishly and beautifully illustrated with full color, artistic drawings on every page. Most are full page or even double-page spreads! The plot is faithfully preserved but the artwork makes this book a rare and special piece of work in itself, as it is very detailed and full of action.
This beautiful volume has long been a favorite, first introductory version of The Pilgrim’s Progress. With Dangerous Journey parents can for the first time familiarize their young children with Bunyan’s story.
“A beautifully produced, large-format version of Bunyan’s classic. Although all aspects of the book are skillfully handled, the illustrations are the real key to its effectiveness. Intricately detailed and constructed in a fluid, energetic, well-balanced style, they sweep across the pages dramatically. Rhythmic and stately, the prose is appropriate to the original without being obscure, and it reads aloud well. This religious allegory makes a rousing adventure story, an interesting historical commentary and an amusing satire on church and society.”
— School Library Journal
“The good people are handsome, suitably heroic, and the villains are sharply and wittily portrayed. They brim with a sly, evil, vulgar vitality. The costume and setting of 17th-Century England are faithfully detailed. Gloomy dungeons, dark forests, black rivers and gray-clouded skies sustain the mood of danger and hardship. Rhythmic and stately, it reads aloud well. The multiple levels make it useful for a variety of ages!.”
— Pat Pearl, First Presbyterian Church Library, Martinsville, VA
Another Reviewer writes:
Hunkin did a masterful job of choosing the pertinent sections from the original Pilgrim’s Progress and placing them alongside the masterful artistic renditions of each scene. The artwork in and of itself is worthy of the price of the book. One might even be able to tell the story just by looking at the pictures. Because of the graphic display of the pictures, it is recommended for children older than eight years old. However, I have read it to my boys (4 and 2) and have witnessed no adverse affects. What I have noticed is that through these illustrations, they have given a “face” to the works of the devil and are beginning to see the reality of his work in our world to the believer.
Also, see our other editions of the full text of The Pilgrim’s Progress:
- The 1891 Foster Classic Edition
- Little Pilgrim’s Progress (faithfully simplified for children, by Helen Taylor)
- Pilgrim’s Progress Classic Edition