The Creepy Caves Mystery is another in the series of Will: God's Mighty Warrior. Written by Sheila Walsh this book features the same rough-and-rumble, adventure-seeking boy we've come to love.
In this volume, Will is visiting his Nana and Papa at the beach and is set on solving some mysteries while he's there. When Papa tells him about the Creepy Caves, Will can hardly wait to investigate. Unfortunately, Papa says he can't go alone; he has to wait for Papa to go with him.
Later that day Will's curiosity gets the best of him. But when he and his dog Ralph go into the caves they lose their way and then hear menacing sounds. Will's imagination feeds his fear until Papa arrives to rescue him. They discover the strange noises were made by a friend who is actually studying bats in the caves. Will asks forgiveness for disobeying and Papa promises to take him back another time.
Ephesians 6:1 is quoted at the back of the book: "Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants. This is the right thing to do."
The illustrations by Meredith Johnson are playful as always, but slightly more colorful than usual. Rather than sticking to her monochromatic style of blues and blacks, these pictures expand with the addition of flesh tones, oranges and even some subtle yellow-greens. The characters are endearing and expressive.
What I Like: Will is the quintessential boy. This book had my kids on the edge of their seats. They loved the suspense and the slightly scary parts. I appreciate the Bible verse included in the back, perfect for memorization. I also really like Will's prayer at the end. It offers a great example of just "talking" with God.
What I Dislike: I wish the illustrations were more colorful. Also, the verse at the back says "Children obey your parents" yet the story has Will with his grandparents. Some children might need further explanation to make the connection.
Overall Rating: Very Good
Age Appeal: 4-8
Publisher Info: Thomas Nelson, 2008; ISBN: 140031125X; Hardback; $12.99
Additional Info: See our reviews of other books by Sheila Walsh.