The second book in the series, this time Bash and his cousin Beamer Boxby, a city-kid at heart, have to help a newcomer named Lauren figure out why God lets horrible things happen to good people. Will the kids discover their answers in Bash's "Farmin' and Fishin' Book" (The Bible)? Recommended for ages 8-12.
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5 Stars Out Of 5
More Zany Fun!
August 19, 2015
A blizzard dumps several feet of snow, stranding Raymond Boxby aka, Beamer, on his cousin, Sebastian Hinglehobbs northeastern Ohio farm. But Bash with his wild imagination, and penchant for crazy, leads Beamer on a quest to capture all of the fruit of the Spirit. Enter the winter fun, tobogganing supersleds off rooftops, a rescue mission with a pig drawn sleigh, and launching giant snow bombs with a catapult, among other adventures, are interrupted by something weird happening in the chicken coopand Ray suspects one of the neighbor kids is punking Bash.
More zany fun from Burton Cole, this time with some boys versus girls fun in a contest of wit and will. With an interesting glimpse of farm life in the winter, snow caves, snow sculpture, hay forts, and snowball fights (among many other crazy kid capers) keeps the action moving. Bash and Beamer learn some cool stuff and are amazed at how God uses their determined kindness to eventually change the lives of their new neighbors. Another fun read.
After reading Bash and the Pirate Pig, the girls and I were excited to start Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper by Burton W. Cole. We weren't disappointed. I started by reading the first two chapters to them, and they were laughing so hard they could barely hear me!
In Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, Ray is still learning about how to walk in the Spirit from his cousin Bash. He gets stranded at his cousin's farm in a blizzard, and Bash decides that this is the perfect opportunity for them to exhibit all the fruit of the Spirit. He concocts some supposedly brilliant ideas for helping them to "achieve" all the fruit of the Spirit before the plows can break through and Ray's family arrives.
Unfortunately for Ray (and fortunately for the reader), the results of Bash's plans almost always result in hilarity and some awkward issues for Ray. But in the middle of the silliness, Ray and Bash do learn a thing or two about how the Spirit produces fruit in our lives, and they assist an unfortunate family grieving the loss of their husband and father and a homeless man along the way.
While Bash made us laugh regularly, there were also some tender moments as characters began to learn about how God works in the middle of our mess, how to extend grace in difficult situations, and how God can use even mixed-up kids to share Jesus with others. I admit that I got teary during those moments, but not so much that we couldn't read another chapter or three.
When we finished the last page, my eleven-year-old said, "That was awesome!" And it really was.
Note: I received a free copy of Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper from Shelton Interactive in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.