Saturday, March 4, 2017

When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow

Matthew Paul Turner has written some light-hearted but theologically sound and culturally engaging books for adults.  His newest book teaches an important lesson, that you were made exactly the way God meant for you to be made!  When God Made You follows an African-American girl through her day, as she explores her neighborhood and lets her imagination take flight.  David Catrow's illustrations become more vividly colorful and wildly imaginative as the book progresses, perfectly paired with Turner's whimsical verse.
The back cover says this is for kids 3-8.  That sounds about right.  It's a good bed time or story time book which will bear repeated readings.  The pictures are detailed and complex enough that curious eyes will find something new every time they read it.

Like any good kids book, the message of When God Made You resonates with all of us, not just the ostensible target audience.  I am unique.  I am loved.  I carry the imago dei.  I am a vessel to bring God's love to others.  The message is simple, powerful, universal, and never to be forgotten.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for the complimentary review copy!

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