Monday, April 6, 2015

Lucy's God

Lucy is a child being tucked into bed by her father. Her dad tells her the story of how the universe was created. However, in Lucy’s God, author David Stephen Lahm relates the events in a rather unusual way. He depicts God as a man with a beard who is wearing a suit. In this version, God creates the universe in one step. Then he adds people.

The author references Job 38:4, 7 for the creation part of the story and cites Psalm 145:3-4 as his basis for why parents should tell their children about God and his creations.

What I Like: I like the idea for the book. The author is showing the great joy and love God displayed when he created the universe. Also, I like the creative way the story is told.

What I Dislike: However, having said that, I must add that there are many things I don’t like about the story. For starters, I don’t like the omission of so much of the story. There is no mention of the creation taking six days, with God resting on the seventh day. There is no mention of how Adam and Eve were created.

Also, the story is told in rhyme. Anyone who is familiar with my reviews knows I am not a big fan of stories told in rhyme. This book is an example of why I’m not a big fan. The rhyme scheme is way off and so is the rhythm. The author tries too hard to make words rhyme when they shouldn’t – and they don’t.

And, although the illustrations by Andrew Frazer are colorful and are done in a creative way, Lucy doesn’t look like a child. When I first saw the cover of the book, I thought the person pictured there was Lucy’s mother, not Lucy herself.

Overall Rating: As you might imagine, I give this book a Ho Hum rating.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: CreateSpace, 2014; ISBN: 9781499176759; paperback, $12.99.

1 comment:

Kathy Cassel said...

The cover does not grab me either. Not very kid friendly. Not sure how much say the author had on that. I've never made any of the decisions about covers for my books. (And there are two covers that have hurt sales)