Title: My Great Big God
Author: Andy Holmes
Illustrator: Marta Alvarez Miguens
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“My great big God gave …
Me a great big job to do
So I can help change this world too.
He wants me to be full of love,
To act in ways He’d be proud of …”
Andy Holmes writes in his children’s book, My Great Big God.
~ What ~
This twenty-page hardbound with rounded corners targets preschoolers and older who enjoy rhyming stories from the Bible. Even though it includes innocuous pictures of Daniel in the lions’ den, a rock aiming for Goliath, Jonah being thrown overboard, and Jesus carrying His cross, the abbreviated twenty stories retold from the Holy Bible are not too frightening.
As young readers view twelve stories from the Old Testament, the eight stories in the New Testament stories focus on Jesus. Each story begins with the title and Bible chapter listing, and starts with “My great big God …,” followed by two to three rhyming paragraphs while the colorful illustrations cover the open pages.
~ Why ~
I like how the short stories are simple but concisely contain what happened in each Bible story. With no scary scenes, it promotes how God is so big and wonderful that He knows all and can handle everything. Some of the poems are charming and engaging yet filled with a lesson or purpose. Little ones who do not read will be delighted in the drawings that are easy to understand.
~ Why Not ~
Those who have no personal relationship with Christ may not want to promote Bible stories to young children. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the tw0- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
Although the book does mention Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and rose again, there is no resurrection story at the end, but a call to tell others about Christ and His love. I wish it mentioned about Jesus in Heaven preparing a place for us.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short, fun, and educational poem book of twenty stories from the Bible, this one is a keeper.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am evaluating by choice.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.