Book Review: 7 Days of Awesome: A Creation Tale {by Shawn Byous}

7 Days of Awesome book review on sydneyelizabeth.blogIt’s a wonderful thing to fill up your children’s shelves with books containing fresh, creative and cleverly-told Bible stories. That is why I was excited to get my hands on this book. We didn’t have any stories on Creation. Plus, the synopsis and colorful cover attracted me right from the first!

As I sat snuggled up with my son for its debut reading, however, my excitement changed to disappointment. It begins with this random guy talking to two kids. I couldn’t stop wondering where this creepy single guy came from. I know that’s probably harsh, but there was no explanation. How does he know these kids and why are they allowed to tramp all over with him?

Books with rhythm are the best for reading aloud. 7 Days of Awesome definitely falls in that category and includes well-written stanzas that have a great bounce to them.

I didn’t appreciate the reader being called a “loon.” There seemed to be an underlying “don’t be stupid, Creation is true” message. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the Bible to be inerrant and this book doesn’t seem to contradict the Creation story in Genesis, but it came on a little strong.

Also, children should not be encouraged to love each other in the romantic sense. That is my least favorite page in the whole book. “God made us to love and He made us to live.” Did the picture have to be of a child trying to kiss another child with a heart in the middle of them? Could we have thought of something else, perhaps?

Besides that, the artwork is fun and unique. I know my son appreciated it, too.

I love the intention the author had in writing this book. I respect his attempt. I wish it could have been a little better, but I’m not going to get rid of the book. It’s still good enough to keep on the shelf and use as a colorful visual of God’s miraculous work of creating our world.

More information:

Author’s Goodreads profile
Illustrator’s website
Book trailer

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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