Monday, September 14, 2015
About the Book:
Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?”
Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo.
The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof.
I adore books, and I read multiple genres. As a homeschooling mom, I read children's books before I gave them to my children simply because I wanted to enjoy books along with them. Now, as a Nana to four gorgeous littles, I'm reading children's books again, looking for the best of the best.
Hallelujah, I've found one! And this book, "Bible Stories Gone Crazy", is by far the most unique concept in children's books, hands down.
1) The pages. First, they are big (this is an over-sized book, but light enough for little hands to hold). Second, they are colorful (think "Where's Waldo", but less hectic). And finally....they are STURDY! I would challenge even my most rambunctious six year old grandson to do damage to these pages. They are so cool!
2) The illustrations. First, they are totally cartoony. Second, they are just the right amount of busy to hold the attention of just about any child without overwhelming. Third, they are intelligent--each illustration comes with specific questions that guide the reader through the page, which also allows the busyness of the page to be somewhat managed.
3) The stories. We get eight of the wildest stories from Scripture, some from both Testaments, and with mass appeal. Some are familiar stories, like Noah and the ark, or Daniel in the den of lions (the angel with the false teeth in hand made me giggle!); some are less familiar, such as the man through the roof (so Jesus might heal him) and the parting of the Red Sea (now, that one was fun-ny!).
4) The Scripture. Each story has the actual Scripture reference on its page so parents can take their child to the 'big person bible' to read the truth about the tale. And some of the many questions for the stories can only be answered by reading the actual Scripture...how genius is that??
So, as you can probably tell, I'm on board with this book! With only eight stories, I have hopes that this book might just be the beginning of a unique and entertaining/educational series of books for children!
My thanks to my friends at Kregel Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. I highly, highly recommend this book to you, my readers!
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 11:22 AM