Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: Jesus and the Children

Hi! My name is Esmé, and I am three years old!

It's been a while since I did any reviews, so we've got some lost time to make up for. We're gonna start with a very cool book. It's about Jesus, and it's got a skateboard in it - how cool is that?!

First, here's the FIRST stuff... I'll check back in with you at the end.

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Andrew McDonough

and the book:

Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Andrew is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Lost Sheep series. Way back in 1989 as a young Bible college student, Andrew was asked to give the dreaded “children’s talk” at a large church. Andrew possessed one talent: he could draw sheep. He bought some overhead projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. T he congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other students, pastors, and teachers started borrowing the stories.

Product Details:

List Price: $4.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031071947X
ISBN-13: 978-0310719472

Press the browse button to view the first chapter:

Alrighty, I'm back!  Let me tell you this story again - in MY words. 

This book is about Jesus and the kids.  I'm a kid, because I'm a girl, because I'm a swimming girl, see?  Anyhow (Mommy says "anyhow" is a word, though I think it should be "anyway"), the disciples were angry at the children because they didn't like them because grownups are more important than the kids.  Jesus liked the children, but the disciples didn't like the children.

So Jesus got angry at the disciples because they told the kids to sit down and be quiet.  That disciple has a tattoo and doesn't have shoes on.  That other disciple is wearing dark glasses. 

Then everyone was happy.  Except for the disciple without shoes on the skateboard.  Because he doesn't know how to ride the boy's skateboard.  But the little girl who was swinging on Jesus' arm was happy.

I prayed that God would swing ME like that.  Mommy says she can't because she's not big enough.

Mom's Notes:  Very simple Bible story with lines that Esmé had memorized after 3 times through the book... 

What really made the book was the illustrations.  Bright and catchy, the clincher was the contemporary attire with the age-old story.  Who can resist a couple of bouncer-looking disciples?!  Not even my 3yo... who was very attracted to the tattoo. 

She definitely got the message that Jesus LOVES kids.  And that's the point!


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