If you’ve been reading this blog long, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the Action Bible. I love the stunning graphics and the poignant emotions you can see in the character’s faces. I love how it helps kids to really visualize the Bible and how it forces long-time Bible readers to really feel the stories they have read so many times. Of course, there are a few drawbacks. Some of the pictures in this graphic novel are well, graphic. There’s blood. There’s intense emotion. There’s some scary pictures. Of course, these things are in the Bible, but sometimes younger children might not be prepared to see them in living color like that.
The other day, I received an email about a new comic book style Bible called the Kids Power Bible. Here’s the details:
Our heart for this book series was to help kid’s connect with the Bible through the medium of comics. While the Action Bible seems to targets an older group of kids, our books are geared for younger kids between the ages of 6 to 12 and the children love them.
Having a few reservations about using The Action Bible with younger kids, I was happy to take a look. Green Egg Media was kind enough to send me a set to review and I have to say, they are some nice looking books! They are illustrated in a Japanese-style animation with heads that are a little too big for the bodies. Kids seem to love this style (including my own 4 year old daughter) and the colors are vibrant and clear.
I took a close look at Volume #4: David, Israel’s Great King.
Here’s a few things I noticed.
Cast of Characters
I love the “cast of characters” you find in the opening pages of the book. Sometimes it’s tough to keep everyone straight in these stories and it’s nice to have a quick summary of all the important people right off the bat.
That’s a Little Intense
Even though this is a series geared towards younger, there’s no lacking in intensity when it comes to emotions. As you can see in this picture, King Achish’s eyes are blazing with fire and he has covered his companion’s face in spit. Gross. And intense.
Here you see Saul being stabbed, but no blood. I know it’s not realistic, but I like things better this way. You still see him hurt, and get the gist of the story without all the gore.
Little Sketchy on the Details
I’m not a super Bible scholar, but I doubt Bathsheeba had an entire lake on top of her house. A small detail, but there are a few other occasions where I think the authors/illustrators could have stuck a little closer to Scripture.
All in all, another great resource to add to the Children’s Ministry bookshelf! And for only $12 a volume, it is certainly worth the investment. Check out the entire Power Bible: Bible Stories to Impart Wisdom series on Amazon!
More Posts to Check Out:
- God in Action VBS Review
- Why the Action Bible is Perfect for Teen Boys
- Action Bible New Testament and Handbook
- Review at Crafting the Word of God Blog
I was given a set of Power Bible books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. This post may include affiliate links.