Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jesus and the Children

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Andrew McDonough

and the book:

Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Andrew is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the Lost Sheep series. Way back in 1989 as a young Bible college student, Andrew was asked to give the dreaded “children’s talk” at a large church. Andrew possessed one talent: he could draw sheep. He bought some overhead projector sheets and drew up the story of Cecil and the Lost Sheep. T he congregation loved it, so Andrew continued to draw stories to use with kids and adults. Other students, pastors, and teachers started borrowing the stories.

Product Details:

List Price: $4.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (January 15, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031071947X
ISBN-13: 978-0310719472

Press the browse button to view the first chapter:

Jesus and the Children by Andrew McDonough is part of the Cecil & Friends series. First Mia's review: It's a lesson book because it's wrong to be mean to be people, you need to be kind. You need to treat people the way you want to be treated. It's about God. He loves everyone! He loves when people are kind to each other, but He doesn't like it when people are mean. It's good to be kind. My favorite part was when everyone was happy together at the end. I thought the disciple on the skateboard was funny. The page at the very back with the cartoon and the baby was really funny too. Now my review: I was thrilled that this book was written at a level that Mia could (and did) read it aloud to me. We both enjoyed seeing the story placed in modern day times instead of in the traditional 1st century. I think that seeing it in that perspective allowed Mia to relate to the story in a new way more relevant to her. The story is based on the Scripture Mark 10:13-16 in which people bring their children to be blessed by Jesus but the disciples turn them away. When Jesus sees this, he tells them not to keep the children from him because only those who are like these children will make it into His kingdom. You can see from Mia's review that she grasped most of the message, and I explained the rest to her. McDonough includes humorous bits that brought a smile to both of our faces (note his line below the copyright info on the back page). Definitely an enjoyable read with a great message.