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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Oliver and the Guardian Angel is a book from The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena series, written by Andy Klein. Oliver Phenomena is a boy who lives with his father. Although his mother had died when he was very young, Oliver can always feel her presence nearby. This makes sense to Oliver, since his mother is his guardian angel. When he'd been learning to walk or ride a bike, she'd always been with Oliver to guide the way, ensuring that he did not fall. People think Oliver has exceptionally good luck, especially when he is almost hit by a car on the way to the store, but is pulled backwards by an invisible force at the very last second. At the store, Oliver stands high on a box to reach for the rice, as his Aunt Katrina is coming to visit and his father needs to prepare something nice for their dinner. The store keeper is shocked when Oliver falls from the box, yet floats to the ground with the rice, unharmed. Oliver’s guardian angel has caught him and the rice in her arms, making sure he is unharmed. Each night when Oliver goes to bed, his father wishes him nice dreams, while thanking his son’s guardian angel for keeping Oliver safe each and every day.
Andy Klein’s book is very rich and deep in the message of loved ones who die and stay on to protect us. Instead of simply thinking of his mother as dead and gone, Oliver knew that she was more alive than anybody could ever really understand, as she had become a part of his heart and soul. Seeing any child do such miraculous things as surviving almost being hit by a car or falling from great heights often stirs something within us; that there is somebody watching over us. The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Guardian Angel helps to reinforce that which I have always personally believed: 'When we die, we go into the arms of those who remember us.' Although Oliver was too young to remember his mother, she is and will forever be in his thoughts and in his life – for she is his very own guardian angel. I enjoyed this children’s book and recommend it to those who are spiritual and believe that there is a power far greater than us, and that there truly is life after death.