Series: Clive & Ian #4
Published by JellyTelly Press, FaithWords on January 2019
Genres: Children's, Children's Educational
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I am special because God made ME.
Clive helps his brother Ian learn that he is special because God made him!
Featuring beloved characters Clive & Ian from the bestselling video series Buck Denver Asks...What's in the Bible? comes a new series of fun, easy-to-read board books designed just for preschoolers. Written by bestselling children's book author, Hannah Hall, this series features charming illustrations and helps parents teach their children about God's Creation and His love for them.
I grew up with VeggieTales. Where’s God When I’m Scared aired when I was four and the episodes were a staple of my Sunday School experience as a child. Fast forward twenty-some years and I’m not against showing an episode to my high school youth group.
A few months ago, I began to wonder whatever happened to Phil Vischer. I figured he had moved on to other projects, but I didn’t know about them. And that’s what led me, a twenty-nine year old pastor, to sit down and watch through all of Buck Denver’s What’s In the Bible? And I loved it.
Now, JellyTelly (Vischer’s company that created Buck Denver) has partnered with FaithWords to expand the Buck Denver universe with a new line of materials geared toward preschool through early readers. Kids can join Clive and Ian, two side characters in the TV show, as they learn about things that God has made.
God Made Me
On a rainy afternoon, Clive is working on a puzzle while Ian is running around pretending to be a superhero (Ian the Incredible, if you must know). But when Clive quizzes him on his superpowers—can he fly? can he lift a pony?—Ian must consider what it is that makes him incredible. Perhaps it is that he can eat a lot of pancakes. Clive suggests that it’s more than that. Ian is incredible because God made him special and unique. God created everyone and gave them the important job of taking care of all his creation. Plants, animals, and people!
The illustrations in the books are faithful to the characters as seen in the Buck Denver TV show. They blend simplicity with beauty. Bright colors stand out and capture the eyes and minds of young children.
Since they’re board books, they’re sturdy enough that they’ll survive even your youngest readers. (My one year old has been carrying them around with him all week and wanting them to be read to him!)
Each book ends with a Parent Connection page that gives further suggestions about how to engage with your child about the book and its themes. I’m really excited to see JellyTelly and Buck Denver expand from the show into books. I hope this is only the beginning!
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