I ordered this book for our church library, but returned it for being so far from the real story of Palm Sunday. It fantasizes about why the donkey couldn't be ridden (weak, sad, unloved) and then sensationalizes his sudden healing when he is brought to Jesus. I wouldn't want children to get the idea that this is what really happened. Other reviews mention that it was loosely based on the Bible story. Yes, VERY loosely.
This delightful piece of children's literature introduces the young reader or listener to the donkey that Jesus rode during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.
This humble little donkey is portrayed as "young, weak and small", unable to be ridden by anyone. But then he meets the Man, so kind and wise, who reminds the small beast of burden, "My help is enough." Indeed the Master's help was enough for the frail little donkey who is no longer frail and weak, but carries the King through the gates of the city to shouts and cheers of hosannas and praise.
This book is beautifully illustrated and a delightful retell of the Lord's triumphal entry that will be enjoyed by any reader, whether young or young at heart. It is also a wonderful reminder that Jesus can use and make profitable any of his creatures no matter how frail or useless; even we who are frail humans and in much need of the Master's help. (reviewed by J.La Tour)
About the author: Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, A Travel Guide to Heaven, This Little Prayer of Mine, and Little Star. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.
About the illustrator: Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children's books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary of The Donkey That No One Could Ride was provided to ACS for the purpose of rendering our honest review. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer solely.
I bought this book for my granddaughter for Easter and she loves it. This book reminds me that no matter how incapable we see ourselves as being that God can still use us to do great things if we just trust Him.