Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.
Take the story of the birth of Jesus and skip to the evening when Mary is attempting to lull her (in this version) fussy baby to sleep while animals and visitors are causing various levels of chaos, and you have the premise of this hardback picture book. Written in verse and illustrated in earthy tones, heavy on the orange, this is the most visually active bedtime storybook I have ever seen. The only real criticism I have (well, other than the fact that Mary is having a pretty bad hair day) is the depiction of the angels.
I think this would be a great bedtime choice for the holiday season, and a fun supplement to the traditional telling of the Nativity story. If, however, you prefer your Nativity story to always be completely serene and reverent, this is perhaps not the best choice.
3/5 stars for well done rhyming text and dynamic illustrations. Had the angels been depicted in a less "Godspell" way, I would have rated this as 3.5 or 4 stars.
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