A classic work of literature, adapted for children and beautifully illustrated from John Bunyan's Classic
by Helen L. Taylor, Joe Sutphin (Illustrator)
Perceiving the need for a simpler version of a timeless classic, Helen Taylor faithfully adapted John Bunyan’s allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim’s Progress, for young readers—hoping to bring its treasury of wisdom nearer to children’s hearts and minds. That version has sold over 800,000 copies! It preserves the original plotlines of Bunyan’s classic while telling the story of Little Christian and Christiana in a way that kids can understand.
In this fresh, imaginative new edition, bestselling illustrator Joe Sutphin portrays the characters of Bunyan’s tale as furry creatures living in a woodland realm. Children will delight in the lavish illustrations, reading alongside their parents or interacting on their own with the timeless words and beautiful imagery that they discover on every page.
This book will help children see the trials and triumphs of faithfulness with fresh eyes, leading them to declare along with Christian, “I am going to the King!”
“Little Pilgrim's Progress is a visual feast. On display, alongside a timeless story, is Joe Sutphin’s extraordinary art. Sutphin shows, once again, why he is at the zenith of living illustrators, somehow conveying profound beauty with an earnest simplicity that uses astonishing art to invite and bless, where so many can only alienate and alarm. If Joe Sutphin is creating, I am waiting. If Joe Sutphin is sharing, then I am in line to acquire and enjoy. He never lets me down.”
—S. D. Smith - Author of The Green Ember
"This beautifully reimagined telling of John Bunyan’s spiritual classic is sure to delight both children and adults. The allegorical truths found in both John Bunyan’s and Helen Taylor’s versions have been well preserved and powerfully enriched by Joe Sutphin’s updated artwork. The thought, care, and detail that has gone into each gorgeous illustration is a treasure trove of subliminal profundity that’s on par with the best visual storytelling on the planet. Discovering or rediscovering this updated masterpiece, is sure to bring fresh encouragement to the reader’s and listener’s hearts and minds."
—Nathan Engelhardt - Animator for Disney Animation
"Little Pilgrim’s Progress had an enormous impact on me growing up. This new edition, gorgeously illustrated by Joe Sutphin, is exactly the kind of soul food kids the world over need to be reading and rereading right now. These pages truly capture the beautiful struggle of living faithfully in times of darkness, and I’m confident that they will inspire every reader, young and old."
—N.D. Wilson - Author of the Bestselling 100 Cupboards trilogy and the hit Netflix series Hello Ninja
About the Authors
HELEN L. TAYLOR, author of Little Pilgrim's Progress, has carefully rewritten a centuries-old tale in order that children might be able to grasp the truths set out by John Bunyan in 1678. She is now at home with her Lord.
JOE SUTPHIN is an illustrator of books for kids such as Andrew Peterson's beloved Wingfeather Saga, the New York Times bestselling Word of Mouse by James Patterson, and the official graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams's timeless classic, Watership Down (Ten Speed, 2022). His love of nature, and of the living creatures in the fields and woods around his home, has informed his art for much of his life. Joe lives in a barn in Ohio with his wife, Gina, and a bunch of cats.