Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Review – Noah’s Ark: The Animals Tell The Tale by Julie Coy

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From the publisher:

Noah's Ark: The Animals Tell the Tale
by Julie Coy

The Lord God spoke to Noah and told him how disappointed he was with the world. Noah found favor in the eyes of God, so God told him to build an ark. This ark would save Noah, his family, and animals from the coming flood.

God also visits Obie the Ostrich and tells him the important role he will play. It is up to one young bird to save the animal kingdom! But the trip is long and hard. Obie is frightened and scared. In fact, he believes that God may have picked the wrong bird for the job. God shows him that from the one whom the least is expected, great things can occur. He was created for a reason! Will he be able to hold on to his faith and get back to the ark in time?

About the Author

Julie Coy grew up reading and hearing Bible stories and one of her favorites was Noah's Ark. When not writing she enjoys coordinating conferences and workshops, reading, travelling and Bible study.

(2009, paperback, 58 pages)

When I received this book, I was expecting something different. This is a chapter book, I was expecting a book for younger children. The idea of the book is interesting, but the book has several flaws.

The language is not what I would call readable for children. There were lots of sections that I thought would be over the heads of anyone lower than an adult reading level. Also, the editing was bad. There were at least three typos, either using the wrong word or something just completely out of place. Thirdly, the story has many cliches and use of other biblical principles in a very forced way. It seemed like the author was trying to fit too much into a story that was supposed to be about the time of the ark. Last, the story just didn’t flow. There were paragraphs that were thrown in where they didn’t make sense and paragraphs with no lead-in or lead-out to let you know what they were talking about.

So, I would definitely not recommend this book. I think the author had a good idea, but needs polishing before the book would be at all enjoyable.

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I received a complimentary copy of Noah's Ark: The Animals Tell The Tale as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  All opinions are my own (obviously). Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

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