Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Lion Graphic Bible

For kids who are more drawn to graphic novels and comics more than traditional books, The Lion Graphic Bible by Jeff Anderson (a well known graphic novel artist) and Mike Maddox (who also writes for DC Comics) is an excellent resource.

Illustrations reign supreme in a graphic novel, and Anderson does a superb job displaying emotions and bringing biblical characters to life. His scenes range from tranquil and lovely (as in the story of creation) to scary (as in the book of Revelation).

Maddox's text is true to the Bible, yet simple and straightforward - and sometimes even funny. The scope of this "Bible" is impressive, too. Most of the familiar stories of the scriptures are covered, including details from Revelation, which are often omitted in children's books. The stories are gritty, real, and not dumbed down.

What I Like: Everything. This is an extremely well-done graphic version of the Bible, suitable not just for kids, but for adults.

What I Dislike: Not every story of the Bible can be included in a book like this. However, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is oddly omitted. Also don't look for the Psalms or Proverbs here; this book is about action.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 9 - 12.

Publishing Info: Lion Books, 2007; ISBN: 978-0825462658; paperback, $12.99

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Special Info: Read all of our reviews of Paul L. Maier's books.

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