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Are You There God?
by Allia Zobel-Nolan, John Bendall Brunello
This is a wonderfully illustrated story about a tiger cub going to school for the first time and encountering things that he finds daunting and scary. Asking, "Are you there, God?" Little Cub realises by the end of the day that the support he felt from God meant that "it turned out to be the best day ever."
The first page, with Little Cub seeing monstrous shadows on his bedroom blind the night before school, seems superfluous and unconnected to the rest of the story. Other than that, it's a nice story which my three year old enjoyed. The message behind the story is great, though it does leave the probability of future questions wide open; what should you think when you can't seemingly say "Thanks God" after approaching a daunting task that in the end doesn't go smoothly?
Overall, an enjoyable, good-looking book with a great message.
Reviewer: Tim Hupfield (29/05/13)