This beautiful, brilliant work of art is a book to open again and again. The stories of the Bible are cleverly condensed with the gist of each section expertly captured in just a few lines and then creatively illustrated with collage against a black background, making the artwork pop. It begins with Creation, wending its way through the five books of Moses which culminate in a creative board game called Wilderness Quest, then continues with the Prophets and onward through the destruction of the Temple. The sweep of ancient Jewish history is presented with finesse and quiet emotion and the book ends with most the fitting words possible for this historical and religious saga — “to be continued.” The suggestion to read more about the topic refers to the Bible, itself, and there is an associated website which, among other features, shows how the artwork was constructed and encourages children to try their hand at this kind of artistic endeavor themselves.
This unusual and very special book is recommended for ages four and up but it really, truly means up; adults will be entranced and enchanted. Children and adults sharing this book together will have a very special experience in store.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.