I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for providing me with a copy of Mark’s Marvellous Book in return for my honest opinion, and with two copies for the giveaway.
Alan Mann, an aeronautical engineer and an elder at the Philip Street Chapel, has done a fabulous job of writing and illustrating a delightful and unique children’s book in the 160-page Mark’s Marvellous Book (CF4K, 2016). It would be difficult for me to be any more excited about a picture story book related to the Bible than I am about this one.
Part picture book, part children’s Bible, this is a fun read with an important purpose. Mark’s Marvellous Book has 18 “chapters”. Alan Mann takes a section of the gospel of Mark and selects a them for each chapter. He then has a little 6 page story book (told by the children) that focuses on the theme. The simple illustrations are modern and engaging, and the little story sections are fun to read…..
The end of each chapter ends with a one-page synopsis of the section of Mark, tied into the them for the previous six pages. The illustrations on the synopsis page are a little complex, with cool textured backgrounds. Really, the illustrations throughout are just neat. The entire package is adorable. I predict this will be a favorite for many kids–one of those books children ask for over and over again. And really, it’s so meaningful and important to help lay a scriptural foundation for our kids when they’re young.
Alan Mann’s Mark’s Marvellous Book is fabulous. It’s fun, each chapter is a readable bedtime or family worship section, it’s contemporary, and it’s true to the scripture covered. I highly recommend this resource for families with young kids, and as a gift for birthdays. It’s that great.
Christian Focus is generously allowing me to give away two copies of Mark’s Marvellous Book. You can enter to win below.
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.