Good Good Father for Little Ones

Good Good FatherTitle: Good Good Father for Little Ones
Authors: Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8697-8

“No matter what you say or do, a Good Good Father never stops loving you,” Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett complete their children’s book, Good Good Father for Little Ones.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page board book with a padded front cover and rounded corners targets four-to-eight-year-old children who enjoy reading rhymes that involve a lion. With no scary scenes, the depictions are happy, carefree, and positive except for a sick bear. Due to some complicated wording, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

With colorful, full-page illustrations, this book that mimics the Christian song with the same title has a lion that loves and cares for others, especially being a father. Without mentioning God in its contents, it promotes that He protects, help, provides, brings joy, and loves us as our good Father.

~ Why ~
While usually lions can be scary to little ones, the friendly animal wearing a crown on every opened page is like God in that he is fair, kind, strong, brave, educational, a healer, productive, dancing, cheerful, listening, planning, and forgiving. Most of all, he is depicted as loving. If children are taught the lion is like Christ, the book may help teach them about Him.

~ Why Not ~
Only those who know the song with the same title may be able to relate to this book about a King Lion who is God. Without mentioning the Almighty, it may be conveyed it is simply a story about a lion who is a good father that is similar to a king, warrior, teacher, doctor, farmer, musician, friend, leader, and daddy.

~ Who ~
A Grammy Award singer, Tomlin has produced several well-known Christian songs and lives with his wife and two daughters. Barrett is a songwriter and worship leader as well as a husband and father. No information is provided regarding the illustrator.

~ Wish ~
Having never heard the song, I wish the story contained the word God somewhere as those who are not Christians may not notice the correlation. With many two and three syllable words, the book may be too hard to comprehend for beginner readers; having less complicated words might be needed.

~ Want ~
If your toddler wants a book that relates to the author’s song with the same title about a King who is portrayed as a lion that is a loving father, this may be a good choice, but it does not mention God or Jesus at all.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

This review will be posted on Book Look Bloggers, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.



Filed under *** OK - Don't Love It, Don't Hate It, Book Review, Childrens, Christian

2 responses to “Good Good Father for Little Ones

  1. I agree with your wish to have the book tie back to God somehow! What I didn’t realize until unpacking it with my husband was that the song doesn’t actually mention God in it either!

    • Thanks for your post, Amy ~ that is good to know. Having never heard the song, I assumed it mentioned God. Too bad neither does – so how would a non-believer link the lion represents God?

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