Series: Clive & Ian #3
Published by JellyTelly Press, FaithWords on January 2019
Genres: Children's, Children's Educational
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Gigantic animals, teeny-tiny animals, soft furry animals, shiny animals that crawl-God made them all.
Brothers Clive & Ian visit the zoo and discover that God created each amazing animal perfectly unique! 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, the 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 the Animals
Clive and Ian go to the zoo and Ian is excited. He wants to see the tigers because of their beautiful polka dots. Clive has to inform Ian that tigers don’t have polka dots. God made them with stripes! he says. Clive tells Ian about all the animals God made from elephants to lady bugs, from whales to flamingos. Ian says that he is glad God created all the animals as he did, because a tiger would look pretty silly with polka dots!
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. The polka dotted tiger is sure to get your child asking questions about God’s creation.
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!