You wouldn’t know it just by looking at these two, but our kids love their veggies – VeggieTales that is. Yup, they have a love that predates our DVD player. That is to say, our membership in the VeggieTales fan club was established when VHS tapes were all the rage. Over the years we have watched, read, and sang along with these virtuous veggies. Now Bob, Larry, and the rest of the VeggieTales crew have undergone an adorable makeover for their new venture into the world of Super Comics! **I received this book for free as a member of the Family Christian bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” A brief description… Volume 1 includes two titles that our family is already familiar with, Lyle the Kindly Viking and Dave and the Giant Pickle. Lyle the Kindly Viking delivers a valuable lesson in sharing, while Dave and Giant Pickle portrays, with a VeggieTales twist, the faith and trust that David placed in God who enabled him to conquer Goliath. For us, the story of LarryBoy and the Prideosaurus was new. In this story an exchange student enters a class of young veggies and wins friends through flattery – sparking pride in their hearts. Thankfully, LarryBoy comes to their rescue and reminds them that God wants us to think about others before we think about ourselves. Volume 2 features Josh and the Big Wall, The League of Incredible Vegetables, and LarryBoy and the Reckless Ruckus. As silly as it is, Josh and the Big Wall (the story of the fall of Jericho) is a lesson in obedience. In The League of Incredible Vegetables a Fear-dar is stolen from the museum by a duo of criminally minded penguins. The League of Incredible Vegetables swoops in to save the day but are outwitted. When they retreat to their lair, Junior is recruited into their number and is given a super suit. With it comes a reminder to put his trust in God and not his super suit. Putting this truth into practice ultimately guarantees the teams victory. Finally, in LarryBoy and the Reckless Ruckus young readers witness a newcomer named Ruckus attempt to usurp LarryBoy as town hero. When his motives and character are revealed the townspeople owe LarryBoy and apology, which he graciously accepts. The story ends with LarryBoy admonishing Ruckus telling him that “God wants us to say we’re sorry and start doing the right things” when we’ve messed up.
In Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 of the VeggieTales Super Comics, the cast of characters take on a new look. I like how Big Idea Entertainment has given the characters a modern makeover for the next generation of Veggie lovers. These Super Comics “POP!” with big bold colors, wide-eyed Veggies, and an easy to follow panel structure. This also pertains to scenes where multiple speech bubbles are needed–the flow of the conversation between characters is easy to decipher. Readers and parents will both notice a great deal of the story can be understood through the expressive faces of the characters. This leads me to believe that pre-emergent readers may enjoy simply sitting down to look at the pictures. The thickness of the pages prevents bleed through, but is definitely not toddler-proof. There are a number of larger words like spaghetti, anonymous, and ravishing (to name a few), which will probably be difficult for emergent readers. For parents with reluctant readers, I don’t believe they would be dissuaded by the number of speech balloons and captions. Instead, I think they will be drawn in by the brightly hued images, silly Veggie antics, and age appropriate jokes. Our 1st grader was entertained by these comics this past weekend as she waited for her turn on the soccer field. Even our son, a fluent reader and 4th grader, took the time to reacquaint himself with old familiar stories. Due to their readability, eye-catching graphics, God honoring and good character reinforcing lessons, I award the VeggieTales Super Comics 5/5 stars.
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