This book of Christian-themed infographics is anchored by the theme of light versus darkness.
Infographics are a hot ticket, utilizing eye-popping graphic design to present charts, graphs, and other informational text in a visually appealing way. Harvest House uses high-contrast colors with bold sans-serif type to grab their viewers. Spreads contrast light with dark and battles between good and evil. Heroes (Esther, Deborah, John the Baptist, Paul) and villains (Cain, Delilah, Herod, Saul before he became Paul) are identified, as are good rulers and bad rulers, God’s power, and human fallibility—though often lacking the nuance present in the source material. Though a “find the hidden objects” game seems targeted to younger readers, the majority of the information presented is best suited to older children with well-established religious vocabularies. The text tackles some difficult theological discussions, including the doctrine of the Trinity. Even with kid-friendly illustrations and simplified language, the concept of “modalism” may be over the heads of many. Still, the book demonstrates an admirable respect in introducing the terminology and addressing the ways many Sunday school analogies fall short in capturing this particular mystery of Christian faith. Some design flaws, such as text in the gutter and confusing charts, further mar an inconsistent introduction to Bible history and doctrine. The decrial of polytheism makes this a less-than-inclusive introduction to Christian principles for non-Christian readers.
A commendable if imperfect effort; caregivers should be ready for questions. (Nonfiction. 8-14)