Tuesday, May 8, 2007

If Only I Had a Green Nose

If Only I Had a Green Nose is another sequel in the series of Wemmicks. In this story Punchinello struggles with fads and peer pressure. Willy Withit is the Wemmick who knows what's cool, be it tall shoes, square hats or green noses. Punch and his friends fall victim. They want to be like everyone else! They want to fit in, and if painting their noses green (or yellow or purple or blue) will help, they'll do it. Soon they realize being "with it" requires constant and quick changes. Meeting the demands of those fads doesn't make them happier, either. Eli, their maker, reminds them: "I made you different on purpose." Punch and his friends decide it is best to be just the way they were made to be. In their case it takes some sandpaper to make them themselves again. It's not always easy to be yourself, but Eli assures them: "I'll always help you be who I made you to be."

Written by best-selling author Max Lucado the style is personal and touching. The illustrations by Sergio Martinez are sun-kissed; slightly sketchy, but filled with detail. Together they create a wonderful new world to teach children about God's love.

What I Like: I love the Wemmick books! They are enchanting while teaching valuable lessons. This one is particularly good for children struggling with image or peer pressure. While written for kids, this book offers a lesson for adults as well. The illustrations are fantastic.

What I Dislike: Nothing. This isn't my favorite of the Wemmicks series, but it is still an absolute delight with a timeless story.

Overall Rating: Very Good!

Age Appeal: 4-8

Publisher Info: Crossway Books, 2002; ISBN: 1581343973; Hardback; $15.99

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View our reviews of other books in the Wemmicks series.

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