Friday, September 21, 2012
The author includes a reference section at the end of the book for each promise and faith statement. The word joyful comes from 1 Peter 1:8: “You believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” We know God lives in our heart because he tells us so in 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you.” The text consists of 11 such statements, each reference by at least one Bible verse.
The illustrations by Ed Koehler are bright, colorful and simply delightful.
What I Like: One thing I really like is the illustrations. They are bright and colorful. But, even more than that, because of the way the pages are laid out, the text actually becomes part of the illustrated page, making the whole very engaging.
I also like the short promises and statements. They are simply stated and relatively easy to understand.
What I Dislike: My only complaint is that the book is written in verse. Written verse is difficult to do and do well. The rhyme scheme is off in places and the rhythm is a bit forced in others. But, having said that, overall the rhyming text still manages to work well for this book.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Speak it Books, 2012; ISBN: 9780615592657; Paperback, $10.99.
Special Info: Learn about the author at the publisher’s website. Visit the illustrator’s website. This is the first book in a series of books by the publisher. Read our reviews of other books illustrated by Ed Koehler.