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A Double #KidLit Review: The Life of Martin Luther & Grit and Grace from Sparkhouse Family

What’s more fun than discovering a new author? Finding a publisher with new authors and new books you’d like to explore! You may already be familiar with Sparkhouse Family (a division of 1517 Media). I discovered them through their twitter account where I spotted the cover of the first book I’m reviewing today. They were very gracious… Continue reading A Double #KidLit Review: The Life of Martin Luther & Grit and Grace from Sparkhouse Family

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Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge

My Thoughts When someone mentions adopting a pet, images of cuddly kittens and huggable hounds may fill your mind. The same was probably true for Rachel Ann Ridge, before she found a stray donkey standing at the end of her driveway. Now a year after introducing adults to Flash, Rachel Anne Ridge shares a fictional tale with our children featuring her adopted donkey. Friendship is… Continue reading Flash the Donkey Makes New Friends by Rachel Anne Ridge

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God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Available August 23, 2016 from Waterbrook Follow the Author Website | Twitter | Facebook  | Pinterest Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf… Continue reading God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Summer Reading for Kids – Patriotic Reads #FCBlogger

This summer our family will be going to Marblehead, MA (just outside of Boston) to celebrate the 4th of July. That entire area is ripe with U.S. History and an air of patriotism. Now that our children have reached an age where they can begin to appreciate history, we are going to visit parts of the Freedom Trail as… Continue reading Summer Reading for Kids – Patriotic Reads #FCBlogger

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VeggieTales Super Comics | #FCBlogger Review

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… Continue reading VeggieTales Super Comics | #FCBlogger Review

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Theo: The Tales of Little Overhill | Children’s Christian #BookReview

Description: Theo’s Tale of the Good Rat is the first book in The Tales of Little Overhill series. Inspired by the popular Theo animation series, The Good Rat retells The Parable of the Good Samaritan with winsome storytelling and full-color illustrations that will captivate and inspire young readers’ imaginations. My Thoughts: Theo The Tales of… Continue reading Theo: The Tales of Little Overhill | Children’s Christian #BookReview

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The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation | Book Review

The moment I first laid eyes on The Action Bible I knew that our son would love it! Before I gave it to him, I spent a few evenings reading through and verifying the biblical accuracy of the text. Content with the few creative departures from scripture, I gave The Action Bible to our son. Days later he remained glued to his new bible. It was fun to see him respond so positively to the Word and to watch him discover stories that other books overlook. A few years later, The Action Bible still appears on his night stand and lets me know that Joseph has been reacquainting himself with his favorite stories.

When Family Christian offered a review copy of The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation I jumped at the opportunity.

ISBN: 0781411424 ISBN-13: 9780781411424 David C Cook Publishing Publication Date: October 1, 2014

 About the Book:

My Thoughts:

Wow! I continue to be amazed by Sergio Cariello’s artwork, it’s so complex. What stands out is: the layers within each frame, the variety of viewpoint angles, and the imagination that it takes to create each person’s diverse facial expressions. Sergio’s illustrations are vivid and captivating. If you are a parent who is looking for a way to pull your child’s attention away from video screens, put this book in their hands!

With regards to the biblical accuracy of the graphic novel I have a few thoughts to share. Missing from the text are scriptural references which allow the reader to know where they can find this story in the Bible. I found support for most of the story between Genesis 1-3, Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, and Revelation 12:7. The illustrator highlights quotations taken directly from scripture within yellow banners. Creative license is taken for most of the dialogue between characters; including two references to God as “Dad” by Adam and Eve. You will also find that the Archangel Michael and Lucifer are present at the creation of the world. I am not a biblical scholar that can argue the validity of this depiction but I will comment that their inclusion at creation is used to show Lucifer’s desire for power, jealousy toward man, and rebellion against God.

I didn’t care for the author’s passages following Adam and Eve’s consumption of the forbidden fruit, as Adam begins to burp and pass gas… In turn Eve laughs and Adam takes offense, calling her names! Unlike his mother, my son thought this “addition” to the story was hilarious. I’m not sure if the change in the characters behavior is a result of sin being introduced into the story or the author’s attempt to win laughs from boy’s like mine.

Know the maturity of your own child: When the once the beautiful, warrior angel Lucifer is banished from heaven he becomes ugly. He and his fellow fallen angels become reptilian. Be it the serpent from Genesis 3 or the dragon from Revelation 12:7 – he is scary. This book was age appropriate for our son (9) but not our daughter (6). She wanted to read along so I had to ask her to avert her eyes on a few pages. Don’t worry about nudity in the garden–the images are drawn modestly…i.e.  shaded or covered.

In graphic novel format, The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation depicts how the earth came into existence, the origin of Lucifer (Satan), and the fall of man. Drawing from scripture this book conveys the effects of sin on God’s perfect creation. When sin entered the picture it brought with it pain, suffering, hard work, and death but God had a plan for redemption – in the form of His Son. The Battle Begins: The Story of Creation is sure to delight both the young (kids ages 8-12) and the young at heart.

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I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger 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.”

Sergio Cariello has been an accomplished artist since childhood, drawing regular comic strips for his city’s newspaper by age eleven. He later worked for Marvel and DC Comics. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art as well as the Word of Life Bible Institute. He currently resides in florida with his wife, Luzia.