Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bible Heroes & Bad Guys

Part of the 2:52 collection (based on Luke 2:52), Bible Heroes & Bad Guys offers portraits of 31 characters from the Bible. Old and New Testament "guys" (though the book does feature both men and women of Scripture) receive the full treatment: the good, the bad, the ugly. Each section starts with a bulleted list of character highlights then progresses to a more detailed retelling of that person's story. The "Getting Deeper" section of each chapter offers practical applications for readers, including action steps kids can take to live the lessons learned from that person's life. Finally, a "Bible Supercharge" section provides a verse perfect of memorization.

The chapters are short, just four pages each. Readers will find illustrations, large and small, peppered throughout the text, usually every two to three pages.

The illustrations feature unique perspectives, lots of action and heavy outlines, a style typical of comic books. Except for the cover, all are black and white.

What I Like: The series has tremendous appeal for boys! I gave this book to my nephew for his 8th birthday. Within a week he begged his mom to buy him the rest of the books in the series. He loves them! I like that this book is based on solid biblical teaching. References are frequently provided. The format and text makes the Bible interesting to young kids and reminds them of the adventures hidden within Scripture's pages.

What I Dislike: The book has a very trendy voice, as if one young kid is talking to another. This makes it more appealing to kids, but can be awkward for parents to read aloud.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 8-12, but some younger kids may enjoy it, too.

Publisher Info: ZonderKidz, 2002; ISBN: 0310703220; Paperback (128 pages); $7.99

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