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Professor Bumblebrains Bonkers Book on Bible Heroes
by Andy Robb
Publisher:CWR (Crusade for World Revival)
Andy Robb, illustrator and author of many children’s books, is keen to attract children into knowing more about God and how to live the Christian life.
Copying the idea of the Oscars with their awards, he awards the coveted ‘Bumblebrains’ to various Biblical heroes and heroines. Not surprisingly John the Baptist wins the ‘Weird and Wild’ award, lesser-known Gideon wins the ‘Wimp to Warrior’ award.
On a whistle stop tour of the Bible – both Old and New Testaments, we meet a variety of characters whose interesting lives and exploits are amusingly illustrated with colourful cartoons. The script is also light-hearted and very amusing. Adults will enjoy this book as well as the children for whom it was written.
Having read and enjoyed the book myself – and learned interesting facts about less well-known characters such as Deborah and Ehud – I asked my 13-year old grandson to read it. This he did with obvious enjoyment and his comment was that it was very readable, very funny and would attract his age-group and above all attract them to delve a little more into the Bible. He noted that the author has written other paperbacks in a similar wacky vein e.g. 50 Goriest Bible Stories.
Although the pages are not numbered this attractively presented book does have 112 pages. However the amount of script on some is minimal as it comes from the characters’ mouths in true cartoon ‘bubbles’.
Its psychedelic cover would certainly brighten any bookstand as well as brightening your view of the Bible.
Reviewer: Margaret Walker (07/09/12)