Children's Book Review: The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings us Back to the Garden

We have read a number of children's bibles over the years--and; although our girls are getting older, we looked forward to reading and reviewing The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung. We are excited to both share our review of this book--and to offer one reader the opportunity to win a hardback copy of the book in the giveaway at the end of this post.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in our blog review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung. This 132-page, hardcover book, written by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark, was published by Crossway on August 31, 2015. In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heave and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.  

The Biggest Story is a Wonderful Overview of the Bible for families. Some children's Bibles are little more than picture books. The Biggest Story has beautiful illustrations--but, is much more than a picture book. While this book is geared toward younger children, ages 5-8, it contains content and messages for families to discuss and share. It is still written for children--so the pages (and individual bible stories) are delivered quickly and simply, in an easy to read format. The author offers overviews and summaries of Bible stories--but, not a lot of detail. Having said that; however, there are a lot of opportunities for families to discuss the events and build upon the text at age-appropriate levels.  

The Biggest Story tells a visual story as well. Illustrator Don Clark created wonderful images for the pages of this book. The darkness, light and emotions of the stories shine through with vivid colors and eye-catching scenes. The illustrations offer a lot to discuss throughout the book as well.  

Would I recommend The Biggest Story? I personally liked the structure and depth of this book as an easy to read, family friendly, storytime style look at the Bible. It certainly isn't as detailed as some--but, is written in such a way that it is easily incorporated into Bible discussions. The illustrations are wonderful and the colors and patterns are certain to hold a child's interest. I do think this book is best suited to a family storytime reading rather than solo reading by the child. While the details may not be written directly onto each page--there are phrases which open up discussions that parents may present as they feel appropriate to their children. I would recommend the book for ages 5 and older--but, would still read it as a family.

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About the Author:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word. He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan.  

About the Illustrator:
Don Clark is an artist and the cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine. He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits.

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