Bibleforce Review

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Description:

Dive into the action and adventure of the Bible!  BibleForce  will help you and your children discover the message of the Bible and the heroes within its pages. The focus on Bible heroes makes the stories even more thrilling.

This beautifully illustrated Bible is retold in a visually enticing, fast-paced narrative that is sure to capture your attention. BibleForce follows the events of the Bible in chronological order and shares nearly 200 stories of Scripture in a simple, straightforward retelling.

BibleForce is a great book to be read together and is simple enough for young readers to read on their own. Kids will be enthralled in the thrilling drama of the Bible and the visually engaging detail of the illustrations—they won’t be able to put down this exciting book.

Jump into the story of God’s Word and the amazing heroes within its pages.

Free BibleForce app available with purchase!

My Thoughts:

I am really impressed with this book! It’s marketed towards kids but I think teenagers and adults would also love it. Graphic novels are very popular right now and what’s better than a graphic novel Bible?

I am a very visual person and I find that seeing a picture with a story really helps me remember more and envision the story more. The illustrations in this book are very colorful and detailed. I really like how the people are depicted, especially Jesus…He is depicted in the way I’ve always seen Him in my mind’s eye.

The book starts with a great introduction to the Bible and a visual timeline of “what happened when”. The stories are then told from Genesis to Revelation, with a title for the story and a scripture reference for each story. There are also many hero profiles that dig deeper into the heroes of the Bible (Moses, David, Samson, Jesus).

The book itself is hardcover (and very heavy) with a ribbon bookmark, which I love.

This book would be an excellent gift for a new believer or young Christian but I feel that it should only be used as a supplemental resource as it’s not the complete word of God.  That being said, it is amazing when taken for what it is!

I highly recommend this to anyone!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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The Creeps by Fran Krause Review

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Synopsis: Illustrator, animator, teacher, and comic artist Fran Krause has touched a collective nerve with his wildly popular web comic series–and subsequent New York Times best-selling book–Deep Dark Fears. Here he brings readers more of the creepy, funny, and idiosyncratic fears they love illustrated in comic form–such as the fear that your pets will tell other animals all your embarrassing secrets, or that someone uses your house while you’re not home–as well as two longer comic short-stories about ghosts.

My Thoughts: I went from giggling to having goosebumps when reading this book. The “fears” ranged from creepy to humorous to gross and just plain strange.

This is a very entertaining book that I really enjoyed. The artwork whimsical but it isn’t a style that I particularly like. I did like that the artwork was colorized. I also like the size of the book and the cover.

If you are looking for a fun graphic novel that will make you think, that will give you occasional chills and make you chuckle, this is the book for you.

My Rating: 4 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books to review.

The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: An instructional art book in narrative graphic novel form that uses the tale of one aspiring young artist and his reluctant mentor to impart easy-to-follow lessons on the fundamentals of drawing.

With over 10 million views and growing, Mark Crilley’s YouTube drawing instruction videos have an enormous worldwide legion of fans and have been featured on sites such as Yahoo News and Reddit. In addition, Crilley is an accomplished graphic novelist. Now for the first time, he pairs both strengths resulting in a one-of-a-kind art instruction experience. Through the story of aspiring, overeager young artist-in-the-making David and his helpful, but often flustered mentor, Becky, readers gain a grounding in the basics of drawing and rendering, along with a helping of laughs and poignant entertainment. Each lesson builds off the previous, with sidebars at the end of each chapter that direct readers to tackle some of the very same drawing exercises that David has just completed. The sequential art format provides the perfect vehicle for these step-by-step lessons, and the Pixar-esque approach to the surrounding characters and story ensures an enjoyable experience that readers will want to revisit again and again.

My Thoughts: I am not always a fan of graphic novels but this one sounded intriguing to me. I have never been good at drawing…I often draw pictures for my students to cut out at work and they are quick to point this out to me 😉  I have always wished that I could draw well but had come to the conclusion that it was something you were either good at or you weren’t. After reading this book I realized that there are some important things to know to help you be a better artist.

The lessons in this book are taught in a very fun way…the reader is learning along with David, the young boy in the book who wants to learn how to draw. He meets a woman named Becky who, reluctantly at first, teaches him some important things about being a good artist.

The story is very informative but also very touching and humorous. The artwork is gorgeous, presented in sepia tones.

Overall, this is a great book for all ages…my 10 year old daughter and I read it together and we both enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to get past drawing stick figures (like me).

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Review

summerGenre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Plot According to Goodreads: Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

My Thoughts: I am fairly new to graphic novels and I’m guessing that this review will reflect that. This is the story of Rose, whose family goes to the same beach town for vacation each summer. She and her friend Windy spend the summer together, experiencing many ups and downs. Based on the cover, I expected a cute coming of age story directed at ages 10-16…my expectations were not accurate. I was surprised (and a bit disappointed) by the graphic sexual content and language in this book. My personal opinion is that books like this should have some kind of rating sticker on the cover to caution parents of the content inside. The cover of the book looks very middle-grade to me, which is why I was surprised by the story, which is definitely directed more to older teens but features girls that seem to be around 12 years old. Overall, I really enjoyed the story…it mixed the innocence of youth with the grittiness and reality of adulthood. The artwork was amazing, definitely one of my favorite things about this book. I loved the characters but I didn’t feel connected to them. There were parts of the story that felt a bit rushed and not quite sorted out completely.

Overall, this was a good story but I wish the cover wasn’t made in a way that draws in an audience that is too young to be exposed to the content inside.

My rating: 3/5 stars.