Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Picture Bible

Consistently a bestseller, The Picture Bible imitates what used to be called "comic books." They're now known as "graphic novels." Whatever you call them, they have universal appeal, especially for grade-school boys.

This 800-page book, written by Iva Hoth and illustrated by Andre Le Blanc, presents the Bible -- both Old and New Testaments -- in storyboard format. It's not a translation, but rather an illustrated narrative based on biblical accounts. Some books are not covered in detail, but rather mentioned in passing, such as Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon and the minor prophets.

Block frames, dialog bubbles and high-contrast, full-color illustrations breathe dynamic life into familiar Bible stories. The book also includes maps, timelines and other helpful tools.

What I Like: This format is perfect for getting reluctant readers into the Bible. It's a wonderful introduction with high appeal for grade-school children. It feels more like reading a comic book than reading the Bible. The maps are a great asset.

What I Dislike: It doesn't accurately depict Scripture in all instances. Sometimes the discrepancies appear in the illustrations, sometimes in the actual text. I'm okay with Bible storybooks speculating about missing details as long as the imagined details agree with actual biblical accounts. However, this book takes a few too many liberties. In the course of censoring more harsh details, it actually changes the stories. The account of Sodom and Gomorrah is just one example.

Overall Rating: Good, but have a "real" Bible on had for deeper study.

Age Appeal: 8-12

Publisher Info: David C. Cook, 1998; ISBN: 0781430585; Paperback; $14.99

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Special Info: Readers should note that the face of Jesus is pictured in several illustrations. This title is also available as in hardback for $11.55 through

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