Good News of Great Joy  -     By: Kelly Pulley
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Good News of Great Joy

David C. Cook / 2012 / Hardcover

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The Magnificent Tales are enjoyable, rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons. These are stories that the whole family will enjoy, presented in an entertaining way that parents and grandparents won't grow tired of reading and re-reading night after night. The humorous, contemporary illustrations will keep even today's media-deluged kids laughing while they learn important biblical messages. Parents will love that their kids are asking to read Bible stories!

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0781406226
ISBN-13: 9780781406222
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Ages: 4-8
Series: Magnificent Tales

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Author and illustrator Kelly Pulley presents familiar Bible stories in a fun and fresh style for children 4 to 8.

Good News of Great Joy brings to life the amazing story of Jesus’ birth. The Magnificent Tales are enjoyable, rhyming Bible stories with clever art and clear lessons. These are stories that the whole family will enjoy, presented in an entertaining way that parents and grandparents won’t grow tired of reading and re-reading night after night. The humorous, contemporary illustrations will keep even today’s media-deluged kids laughing while they learn important biblical messages. Parents will love that their kids are asking to read Bible stories!

Author Bio

Kelly Pulley works from his middle Tennessee home writing and illustrating children’s picture books, most recently Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and The Cycling Wangdoos. He is best known for illustrating dozens of books in the Beginner’s Bible series including The Beginner’s Bible (over 1.25 million copies sold).


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    Age: 55-65
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    Good choice for home and Sunday School libraries
    December 24, 2012
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Author and illustrator Kelly Pulley has brought a contemporary vibe to the age old story of our Lord's birth with his peppy, straight forward ryhmes and especially with his lively drawings. The eyes of all the characters, whether angels, shepherds, animals or Mary and Joseph themselves just pop! Of course, it is a little jolting to not hear the familiar biblical text, but Pulley does a good job of replacing complicated vocabulary with just the right modern words ( census = people counters; swaddled = snug and cozy) One stanza (with appropriate pronoun changes) is repeated throughout the story "They were terrribly frightened as you would be too, If what happened to them happened to you" tries to make readers/listeners realize how they would react to the arrival of angels with messages of great importance. I was surprised that the story ended with the angels speaking to the shepherds, not with the shepherds traveling to the stable.

    This book would be a good addition to Sunday School libraries and to home libraries alike. Parents and church librarians should also check into other books in this Magnificant Tales collection which retell important biblical lessons with just a hint of humor.

    I was provided with an e-copy for review purposes, but all opinions are mine.
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