Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Big Pig Stampede

Goat Boy, a.k.a. Gideon, is the kid everyone loves to pick on. He’s like any typical Bible-time boy who spends his life traveling around Palestine milking goats, giving Roman soldiers a hard time, and getting into trouble on more than one occasion. Goat Boy is curious, enjoys a good adventure, and has a couple of mildly irritating friends. What’s not so typical is how he and his friends are in the right place at the right time to witness the amazing miracles and teachings of Jesus.

Witty, insightful, wacky. These are just a few words to describe Bob Hartman’s latest chapter-book series, Goat Boy Chronicles. In this unique collection of stories, Goat Boy and his friends experience the miracles of Jesus through their awkward adolescent eyes. The boys laugh, they make jokes, they observe, they puzzle over everything that Jesus does, and in their own quirky ways they become the eyes and ears of the reader as they witness the unfolding of the gospel story.

Bob Hartman’s passion is to retell Bible stories accurately and in a way that will help kids want to read them time and time again. Not just because the stories are “good for them” but because they are so creative, so clever, and so enthralling that they just can’t help themselves!

My thoughts: What a great way to get kids excited about Biblical events! I wasn't sure what to expect when I had a copy of this book sent to me to review, but it surpassed any expectations I had! Written in the style of popular series like Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this series is a fun way for middle school age kids to get a fresh perspective of the ministry of Jesus. I love that it is written from a young boy's perspective and that the book has several of Jesus' miracles in it. I highly recommend the book for young readers! The only slight downside is how Gideon and his brother treat one another, but it is a slight downside.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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