Here are reviews for four Christian children’s books that I was given by publishers and authors in exchange for a free and honest review! All of these books are for young children, and have a strong Christian message while also telling a cute story! Some I liked. Some I didn’t like. Check out the reviews below, and you can also click on the links to see the book on GoodReads!
This cute book about playing in the snow includes a whole troop of cousins who have to coordinate their snow day games, trust in God to protect them when things get scary, and ultimately take care of one another and laugh along the way.
I loved the cartoony illustrations and the bright colors. The pictures really enhance the story and draw the reader into the snow day fun!
I didn’t like that there are so many characters in this story, but I think they are based on the author’s actual grandchildren, so I can overlook it. There are just too many names to remember them all!
The narrative tends to over-describe every detail, instead of just telling a concise story. But I liked the games the children play, the way they interact and laugh together, and the parents involvement in their children’s play day. The whole story is silly and fun, with some serious moments of prayer, and some good Bible lessons about love and trust.
This would be a great gift for children aged 5-8!
Disclaimer: I received this book for review from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.
I love this adorable book about children going “Trunk or Treating” instead of “trick or treating”. Many churches do a “trunk or treat” autumn event instead of celebrating Halloween, and this book details all the different car trunks decorated with fun themes as the kids go around and get their candy, play games, and have their picture taken.
The story is told in rhyme and follows a little princess and her cowboy brother as they visit each car trunk, gather candy, and generally have fun at classic autumn activities like bobbing for apples or playing a ring toss game. The children in the book express their entertainment and wonder at the many costumes and decorations at their trunk or treat event, and that makes the reader share in their enjoyment.
The illustrations are done in a cartoon style with lots of details to look for on each page. I love children’s books with lots of background stuff and extra details that enhance the story! The colors are bright, and the whole tone of the pictures is playful and wholesome.
This delightful book would be a great gift for children (aged 4-7) around the month of October!
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
This is such a cute book about prayer! The little boy goes to all these different places trying to figure out where is a good place for quiet prayer time, but everywhere is too loud, too busy, too sleepy, or too high up. In the end, the boy learns that God can hear him praying no matter where he is.
I loved the illustrations in this book! The art is charming and looks very professional and polished. The expressions on the little boys face play a big part in the story.
The story is told in rhyme from the little boy’s point of view. He sees his parents praying, and wants to have a special place to pray like they do. It’s great to see him imitating his parents in their spiritual habits! I like that the story arc is well-developed too. The boy has a question about prayer, and then he learns something about how to talk God, and when and where. He learned a little bit about Who God really is, and was able to grow as a Christian.
This book has Bible verses about prayer and some discussion questions at the back, along with a prayer chart, stickers, and a list of things to pray for. I’m so impressed with this book, and I think it would be a wonderful way to teach children about prayer!
This would be a wonderful gift for children aged 5-10.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
This book has a cute way of telling the creation story from Genesis, but the structure of the book, the illustrations, and the poetry all have problems.
The punctuation is all over the place, so that I can’t tell where one sentence begins and another one ends. It makes it difficult to read. There are also some poetry problems, since the meter doesn’t match in each stanza, making it feel disjointed.
I’m not too sure about some of the doctrine either, since it says that Eve was created “on a whim”. Granted, the author was just trying to find something that rhymed with “him”, but that’s no excuse for sloppy doctrine.
The illustrations are sort of confusing. The only part we see of God is his “hands,” but the hands look like the ends of bones. Just a U-shaped, two-pronged end on the arm, instead of fingers. It looks like the end of a femur bone! Not sure about that. The bony hands of God!! haha!
The creatures that are created- birds, animals, and fish- look like weird monstery blob things with eyes. Not sure what they are most of the time. Very confusing.
The cover is a collection of snapshots of the illustrations in the book, but it looks so busy that I can’t focus on anything. It doesn’t really appeal to me.
Each page has a wide border that looks like old manuscript paper, which is cool, but it’s so wide that it takes up half the page, and minimizes the illustrations and text.
I think that with some better design and a good copy editor to correct the punctuation, this could be a cute book!
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.