Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book  -     By: Peter Martin
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Lion Children's / 2012 / Hardcover

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* "Seek and you shall find"---that's the promise your young super-sleuths will take to heart as they search out clues in this cleverly illustrated puzzle book! Whether they're looking for a man riding a donkey or a menorah, they'll enjoy hours of fun as they learn about Bible stories, events, and everyday life. Ages 5 to 9. 48 pages, hardcover from Lion.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Lion Children's
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0745962769
ISBN-13: 9780745962764

Publisher's Description

Where's Waldo? meets the Bible in this cleverly illustrated picture-search puzzle book for young readers

Young detectives can pore over more than 17 scenes of Bible events to find the answers to questions posed on each page in this brilliantly imagined seek-and-find puzzle book. Each two-page spread, accompanied by pertinent and engaging Bible trivia, is brightly and engagingly illustrated, with the main scene taking up the center of the page and the items to "seek" decorating the edges. Some puzzles involve looking for details of everyday life, others highlight things that happened in the Bible stories—offering hours of fun to readers as they search for the answers. With lots to find, this kind of picture book is particularly great for reluctant readers and visual learners, helping all children get an overview of the Bible's history and content as they super-sleuth their way through to the end.

Author Bio

Peter Martin has developed a wide knowledge of Biblical history during his many years working in religious education. He acted as an advisor on The Bible in Its Time. Peter Kent has been illustrating for more than 30 years and has created more than 12,000 illustrations for children's books.

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  1. Cottage Grove, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A lot like Where's Waldo?, but better!
    November 19, 2012
    Shaun Tabatt
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When I first saw Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book, the first thing I thought of was the `Where's Waldo?' books from my childhood. While the `Where's Waldo?' books were a lot of fun, they didn't have much in the way of educational value. For the most part you looked for Waldo in a scene and that's about it. While the basic premise is the same, Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book has far more to offer.

    Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book has seventeen different puzzles, nine from the Old Testament and eight from the New Testament. Each puzzle focuses on a scene from a well-known biblical story (Noah, the good herdsman, Slaves in Egypt, A census in Bethlehem, etc.). In the upper left-hand corner of each scene, you'll find the related Bible passages, approximate date (BCE & CE), and 1-2 paragraphs setting the stage for the scene in the puzzle. Around the border of each puzzle there are between 15-20 images to locate in the scene. A brief caption next to each image tells you how many to find in the scene and gives additional context about the image for the scene/story. If for some reason one of the puzzles proves too elusive, you can find the remaining images using the keys found at the end of the book.

    Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book is one of the better Christian puzzle books I've seen over the past few years. I would recommend using it as a springboard for deeper discussion about the Bible passages that relate to each scene. If you have children or grandchildren ages 5-9, I'd recommend adding Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book to your Christmas list.

    My overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimer: This product was provided by Lion Books (Kregel Publications) for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  2. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun way to explore the world of the Bible
    November 15, 2012
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Where's Waldo? Many a child has spent countless hours poring over a large picture book searching in vain for a funny man in a stocking cap, and his companions. Not much was learned in the process, however, and so Peter Martin has set out to change that. Working with illustrator Peter Kent, Martin has created "Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book," a book that rivals Waldo for fun, but also offers an education in the world of the Bible.

    This colorful picture book includes seventeen puzzles with a variety of objects to search for. Women fighting over a well of water, nine yellow frogs, the Tabernacle furniture and Solomon's baboons-the variety of items to find is incredible. Bible scenes covered include David and Goliath, the census of Bethlehem, the siege of Lachish and Peter in Cornelius' house. The pictures are engrossing, the artwork detailed and engaging, and the material is true to the biblical period being explored.

    Exploring is just the right term to describe how a young reader will feel as he or she peruses through this bright book. And for those who are quick to give up, there is an answer key in the back with all the scenes mapped out. The quality of this book is superb, and Bible references and dates are provided to allow the puzzle being studied to be properly placed in its specific context.

    There are a variety of puzzle books that are available for young readers. But there are not many Christian puzzle books produced with this level of attention to detail and quality of workmanship. This book will compete with secular products well, and should enjoy a long press run. For Christian parents seeking to equip their children with any Bible-themed resource available, this book is a must-have. It will appeal to elementary and middle school-aged children, with the older ones more able to appreciate the manners and customs explained. Come to think of it, even high-schoolers could enjoy paging through this book with their younger siblings.

    I encourage parents and grandparents to consider adding this book to their Christmas list this year. It is sure to please.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Lion Books (Kregel Publications). I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  3. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    November 13, 2012
    Annette W
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    For those kids who pour over the details in illustrations, Bible Detective was made for them. Each page spread includes a detailed illustration, lots of facts, and a bit of history, all while encouraging the reader to examine the illustration in great detail.

    The text itself is brief, providing a quick overview of who and what the illustration is about. Surrounding the large illustration, there are small pictures and a bit of information to keep the details of the illustration relevant.

    Farmers grow crops such as barley. How many reapers can you see?

    Find 2 young men going hunting with a bow and arrow.

    Pruning knives like this were used to trim and tidy grape vines to get a good crop. Spot 2 vine-tenders.

    Though a four or five year old might enjoy searching out the objects, especially with an adult's help, I think this book best lends itself to older children.

    I was a bit surprised at author Peter Martin's wording in a couple of places. My own impression (which might be very different from others) was that he did not present the stories from the Bible as fact. He used the term "According to the Bible..." at least twice. There are also a few examples of the not-so-nice side of people shown. "Find a servant girl being told off by her mistress." (Eek! I don't want my child to know that term!) "On the wealthy have chariots. Spot a charioteer being unkind to the poor." Though this may be "real life," I suspect a better choice could have been made. It may not bother others as it does me though.

    Bible Detective leaves me with some mixed feelings. It would be great for a reluctant reader. I love the idea of providing an over-view of Biblical history, but think it could be a bit more child-friendly. I would definitely like to see the Bible presented as fact instead of using loose terms that present the reader with the impression that the Bible is something that may or may not be factual. Knowing my reservations, I still like this book and will let you decide for yourself what you think of it.

    I do thank Kregel Publications for sending me this book for review purposes.
  4. Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    good concept, a bit frustrating for kids
    November 13, 2012
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book is very much like a Biblical version of "Where's Waldo". Each two-page spread features an illustrated scene from the Bible, with the frame around the scene showing the items to search for and a short description of each item.

    Sometimes the pictures you find don't exactly match the ones shown in the border, but they fit the description-- such as on page 14, when you're searching for the "friends carrying Jesus' body". There are two people carrying a body, but they are not dressed the same or facing the same way as the people shown in the list. That's confusing, especially for young readers who may not completely understand the description on their own. I wish the pictures in the list were exactly the same as the ones in the puzzle.

    The book does include an answer key in the back, which is helpful. There were a few times when the kids and I all searched for something but couldn't find it without the answer key.

    My 9 year-old was quickly bored with the puzzles, but the book held my 6 year-old's attention for a lot longer. I'd say that he is more of the prime age range for this book.

    Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for posting my opinion online. I always post my honest opinion and do not accept review items which ask for a positive review.
  5. Midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Recommend parental input
    November 13, 2012
    Jill Stanish
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Search and Find books are very popular and in the market of shameless TV tie-ins or monster obsession, this one is a refreshing alternative. Kids will enjoy hours of searching for page specific items as well as a fox in every scene. Most things can be located even by pre-readers; it's nice to find a book that can span the ages so well. There were a few things, however, I would change in the book.

    The biggest disappointment was the use of the BCE/CE designation for dates. I suspect that in Europe this is the commonly accepted format. In the United States, however, many evangelical Christians see this designation as an effort to remove historical references to Christ. So in a book titled "Bible Detective," the choice was rather surprising. In future US editions, I would strongly suggest the use of BC and AD.

    I also felt there was an attitude of skepticism in the way the narrative was worded. Seemed to treat the Bible as literature instead of historical fact. References in the text such as the "story" of the people of Israel (not the history). Abraham "believed" God was telling him (rather than God told him as a matter of historical fact). Small things but I think they detract from a position of the Bible as the inerrant word of God.

    One notable theological error is on page 12 saying that the disciples "helped Jesus preach his message about what it means to live as friends of God." That is not the essence of the Gospel and not at all an accurate depiction of Christ's message. While I don't expect a search and find book to be doctrinally instructive, I certainly do not want it to be doctrinally misleading. I would caution parents to better explain the mission of Jesus to their children.

    {I received a copy of the book for review purposes. No other compensation was received.}
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