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Goat Boy, a.k.a. Gideon, is the kid everyone loves to pick on. He's like any typical Bible-time boy who spends his life traveling around Palestine milking goats, giving Roman soldiers a hard time, and getting into trouble on more than one occasion. Goat Boy is curious, enjoys a good adventure, and has a couple of mildly irritating friends. What's not so typical is how he and his friends are in the right place at the right time to witness the amazing miracles and teachings of Jesus. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 X 0.25 (inches)|
Series: Goat Boy Chronicles
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Witty, insightful, wacky. These are just a few words to describe Bob Hartmans latest chapter-book series, Goat Boy Chronicles. In this unique collection of stories, Goat Boy and his friends experience the miracles of Jesus through their awkward adolescent eyes. The boys laugh, they make jokes, they observe, they puzzle over everything that Jesus does, and in their own quirky ways they become the eyes and ears of the reader as they witness the unfolding of the gospel story.
Bob Hartmans passion is to retell Bible stories accurately and in a way that will help kids want to read them time and time again. Not just because the stories are good for them but because they are so creative, so clever, and so enthralling that they just cant help themselves!
CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Financial Opportunity Or Craziness?November 3, 2015CTF DevourerCTF DevourerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5He got the word that Jesus was leaving Capernaum. He saw all the people who were leaving with him. And he decided to put his Jesus Financial Strategy into operation.
So thats what hes calling it now? I asked.
Bug laughed. Yeah, it gets fancier the more he thinks about it. Hes absolutely convinced if we set up shop wherever Jesus goes, it will make him a rich man.
Book: The Big Pig Stampede written by Bob Hartman and illustrated by Amerigo Pinelli, Tyndale House Publishers, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 9-13
Subjects: Loss of loved ones, Miracles, Friendship, Biblical History, Sibling Relationships
Summary: Its a great plan for the two businessmen! Just follow this new rabbi around and sell to all the crowds that follow him. At least its usually a great plan. It didnt work so good that day the rabbi miraculously turned their 1 basket of food into enough food to feed the whole crowd for free. It worked great the time the second time the crowd tried to get him to do it though. Gideon and Bugs fathers made plenty of money that day! Gideon and Bug are fascinated to be so close to the action. They got to see the dead boy raised to life. They got to help chop up the roof when Bugs cousin wanted to get his friend into the house. They got to see Rock Girl right after Jesus brought her back to life. They got to watch the pigs stampede into the lake not quite as much fun as the trip across the lake where Gideons brother got seasick, but entertaining nonetheless. Bugs cousin, Lump, keeps running off and listening to the teachings of Jesus and the things he claims this rabbi says are certainly intriguing!
Notes: The Big Pig Stampede is the first in the Goat Boy Chronicles, a series about a young boy whose family follows Jesus around, giving him chances to witness the miracles and teachings. In this first book, Goat Boy, Gideon, is introduced. He has lost his mother to death, despite plenty of prayers by his family, so his family does not believe in miracles. It greatly upsets his father to hear and see the things Jesus did. Why is He healing and raising to life others, but not Gideons mom? The story does not end with answers, just with the conclusion that to get answers, theyll have to keep following. The story starts at the wedding in Cana and goes to Jesus walking on the water. Lump, Bugs cousin is viewed as weird, almost like someone we would today assume to have a small touch of mental illness or disorder that makes him unable to connect socially in the same way the majority of people do. Lump is used to show the teachings of Jesus and how to apply them. He quotes things he has heard from Jesus to Bug and Gideons family when things happen.
Of note, the author applies a hint of the Geronimo Stilton strategy he illustrates some of the text, making it much more appealing for younger or disinterested readers! At one point he puts the words into a maze. He puts speech bubbles on most pages. There are simple actual drawings on a lot of pages. The story also moves fast and contains highly entertaining chapter titles. Everything about it is designed to make reluctant readers pick it up and give it a chance.
I highly recommend this book!
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
John 21:25 - Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free review copy of the book in exchange for my personal opinion. I greatly enjoyed it!
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a great series!September 17, 2015ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5High and low I have searched for something my two boys could read....that wasn't full of crude humor, "potty talk," or dark magic. So much of what it is out for boys to read is terribly inappropriate. I wouldn't let them watch it, let alone read it! My boys and I have been reading this book together every night, and they love it. There is plenty of silliness and grossness to captivate them, but there is also Bible story after Bible story embedded in this story of "the goat boy."
In The Big Pig Stampede, a boy named Gideon who is affectionately nicknamed the goat boy, manages to be a witness to the miracles of Jesus we read about in the New Testament. He is unaware of their significance, but they seem to be greatly impacting his life. Gideon and his friend Bug have so many adventures in this book, from helping lower a sick many through a roof to seeing Jesus feed a multitude. Author Bob Hartman does such a great job of captivating my sons' attention with his writing. Elementary age boys are a tough audience! My two have asked questions, or been excited to hear a story they know well retold from a witness perspective.
I would say that this book is likely to please any boy, or girl for that matter, from age 6 to 10. We will be following the series and will be looking forward to the next book in the Goat Boy Chronicles! Thank you Bob Harman for writing something I can let my boys read! I was given a complimentary copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I have not been compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.