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I love books. And, since my husband and I are hoping to start a family soon, I am working on building my collection of children’s books. My future child(ren) whether he/she like it or not, will be readers. This being the case, when I was offered a review copy of Christine Topjian’s book Jesus Loves You! I immediately accepted.
Review: Jesus Loves You!
Christine Topjian (via Book Publicity Services) provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own. Neither Christine Topjian or Book Publicity Services told me what to write.
Overall, this book is cute and has a good message. It is written in the second person point of view – breaking the fourth wall and engaging the reader. Jesus Loves You! is short and sweet, presenting all the major moments of a person’s life and connecting the fact that Jesus is there every step of the way.
However, in both its aesthetic and writing, it left me with a lot to be desired.
Aesthetically, it feels very amateur. The illustrations look like they were drawn by a child, and the size of the book doesn’t fit the tone of the story. It is printed on standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper, which feels very large. Scaling it down by half or more and making it a board book rather than a paperback would make it much more child-friendly. Additionally, cleaning up the illustrations would make it look much better.
As the far as the writing style is concerned, it was confusing. It is very unclear who this book is written for. The length and the simplicity of language and illustrations lead me to believe that it is a children’s book. However, the fact that the information is presented in past tense and includes stages of life such as college, working, marriage, and dealing with aging parents, makes me wonder if it is actually meant for adults. Over half of the content in the book is dealing with subjects that children are rarely able to relate to.
All in all, I think that this book has potential, but misses the mark. The overall message is spot on, but it is unclear who the intended audience is. While some people may enjoy it and share it with their children, I personally will be finding a book that is more relatable to read as my (future) child(ren)’s bedtime story.