Reviews for Noah's Ark : The Brick Bible for Kids

Kirkus Reviews 2012 May #2
This interpretation of the story of Noah and his Ark combines the familiar Old Testament story with perennially popular LEGOŽ building blocks used to create the illustrations. The story is told in contemporary language with no reference to a particular version of the Bible or location of the relevant verses. God is depicted as an old, bearded white (or yellowish plastic) man in a white robe, and the animals and human characters are all familiar LEGOŽ shapes, humorously arranged in creative scenes. Smith's series of Bible stories, the Brick Testament, has provoked controversy due to the violence depicted in some illustrations. This latest addition to the series does not shy away from the difficult issues inherent in the story. Blood (translucent red LEGOŽ blocks), battles and burning denote evil behavior ("God looked at the world and saw that all the people were very bad"); drowning people and the torso of a body can be seen as the waters rise, and (smiling) skeletons litter the ground when Noah and his family exit the Ark. A note for parents by a religious educator is included with guidelines for explaining the Noah's Ark story to children. Those who favor a literal interpretation of Bible stories and fans of Smith's popular series will probably feel that this floats their boat; those looking for a gentler (and less visually ridiculous) introduction to the popular story should look elsewhere. (Picture book/religion. 5-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 June #3

Smith (The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament) applies his succinct storytelling skills and photographs of Lego-constructed visual dramatizations to a classic biblical tale. Illustrations appear on full-bleed full-spread pages with white typeset against a cloudy-blue backdrop, or above a solid yellow border containing blue typeset. The opening spread depicts God as a Lego man in white robe with long white beard, floating above scenes of opposing armies facing off with spears, or individuals fighting, stealing, tormenting animals, quarreling, and neglecting children: "God looked at the world and saw that all the people were very bad." The story closely follows the biblical text, depicting both charming details, such as Noah collecting things that "creep along the ground" (spiders and snakes), and animal pairs entering the ark; he also includes more troubling scenes of those left behind drowning in the flood. A foreword for parents offers suggestions for discussing hard theological questions with children, while an activity page challenges children to search for subtly placed Lego pieces throughout the text. The story's interpretation may inspire literal hands-on engagement with a challenging biblical text. Ages 5-up. (July)

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