Monday, March 4, 2013

Animal Tales and Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen Book Review

Bestselling Author/Illustrator Team Nick Butterworth and
Mick Inkpen Re-Release Two of their
Beloved Children’s Books for New Readers
My review:
These two books shared well known stores and parables with unique perspectives.  In Animal Tales, you will learn about Jesus birth through the eyes of a fox, experience Jesus' first miracle at the wedding through the eyes of a cat, follow Zacchaeus up the tree with a magpie and survive a storm at sea with Jesus with a mouse.  Favorite Parables is a collection of 8 short stories with descriptive illustrations and a timely message for young children.  My son and I enjoyed reading these stories and discussing them before bed.  What a powerful, yet simple set of stories to enjoy over and over with your kids and teach real Biblical truths.

More than 10 years after their original releases, two beloved books by the bestselling writer/illustrator team of Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper the Dog, will hit stores once again.


First published in 2002, FAVORITE PARABLES FROM THE BIBLE: STORIES JESUS TOLD and ANIMAL TALES FROM THE BIBLE (Zonderkidz; $6.99 each; January 2013) reintroduce Butterworth and Inkpen’s wonderful sense of humor in the telling of traditional Bible stories through playful artwork and charming prose.
FAVORITE PARABLES FROM THE BIBLE presents eight Bible parables: The Lost Sheep, The Precious Pearl, The House on the Rock, The Two Sons, The Rich Farmer, The Little Gate, The Good Stranger, and The Ten Silver Coins.  Each story brings to life Jesus’ simple story-telling.  The duo uses humor to deliver His important lessons to young readers in a vibrant way that children will understand.

ANIMAL TALES FROM THE BIBLE includes four famous Bible stories told from the viewpoints of adorable furry and feathered characters who each witnessed a first-hand miracle performed by Jesus.  With witty narrations by a fox, a cat, a magpie, and a mouse, the tales offer fresh and unique perspectives on Jesus’ birth, the story of how He turned water into wine, the story of Zacchaeus, and Jesus and the Storm.

Sure to delight new generations of children and parents, FAVORITE PARABLES FROM THE BIBLE and ANIMAL TALES FROM THE BIBLE are wonderful additions to any child’s library and excellent gifts to help ring in the New Year.

Nick Butterworth is a British children’s author and illustrator who has sold more than 12 million books. His book, The Whisperer, won the 2005 Nestle Book Award.  Known for his creation of the British animated series, Percy the Park Keeper, Butterworth has presented numerous stories for children on television. He has two grown children and lives with his wife in Suffolk, England.
Two-time British Book Award winner, Mick Inkpen is an author and illustrator, best known for his creation of the character Kipper the Dog, which won a BAFTA for best animated children’s film in 1998. Inkpen was born and raised in England where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Zonderkidz™, a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at

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