I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in our review. All opinions and experiences are our own.
Quick Summary of NOAH: A Wordless Picture Book. A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible? This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God - and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.
Bonus: Find Squeakers the mouse on every page!
NOAH: A Wordless Picture Book speaks volumes on every page. This is truly one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I think I've seen. Ludy's attention to detail in every one of his illustrations--and to the intricate details of the story of Noah--make this book a delight for families. While Ludy's story is wordless--families must supply the narrative--the emotions portrayed on the faces and throughout the scenes speak volumes on every page. My daughters immediately understood the fears and doubts--and pain and joy present as the story unfolded. It brought the emotions of the story to life in an incredible way!
Ludy's NOAH is a little dark--and maybe a little too true to life. Some of the scenes were troubling to our youngest daughter...she's nearly 8. Words such as scary, sad, and mean came to her mind as we talked about the book. This isn't a cutesy little preschool story of Noah and the Ark....it depicts Noah and his struggles, his doubts, the ridicule, the pain--and his faith and ultimate peace.
Would I recommend NOAH: A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy? Absolutely! It is a beautiful retelling of Noah. I don't think it's a book for children to "read" on their own--but rather for families to experience together. There is no summary of the story for readers to use in narrating the wordless pages--so it may be wise to brush up a bit on the story before sitting down to read. In addition to the story of Noah, Ludy draws in a little mouse he's named Squeakers on every page for families to find. The girls spent quite a bit of time searching for the elusive Squeakers as well.
Ludy does an amazing job hiding the little guy in some unexpected places! Ludy's drawings and our words joined to bring the story of Noah to our girls in a very visual way (and today's kiddos are very visual!) that offered them an entirely new understanding of the long told story.
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Disclosure : Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
About the Author
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
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