Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did is part of the God Counts! series. Written by Mindy MacDonald this die-cut board book parallels the life of Jesus with descriptions of the men who were His twelve disciples. The left side of each two-page spead features a picture and story about an event in Jesus ministry - either a parable He told, a miracle He performed or something He and His disciples experienced. The right side features a picture of the twelve disciples and a short description about one of them. The group dwindles one by one until all twelve have been named.
Nan Brooks serves as illustrator. Like other God Counts! books, this one features bold, colorful illustrations and 3-D pieces; in this book it's the disciples' faces that pop through the die-cut pages.
What I Like: Very few children's books teach about the disciples! My kids like the counting aspect, the die-cut holes and 3-D faces.
What I Dislike: The book doesn't flow well. The stories are not chronological and seem to compete with, almost interrupt the descriptions of the disciples. All this makes the book difficult to read and confusing for younger children.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: 2-6
Publisher Info: Multinomah Kidz, 2004; ISBN: 159023830; Boardbook; $10.99
Special Info: My Bible Storybook is another in the God Counts! series.