Book Review: Zacchaeus and Jesus

zacchaeus and jesusI love children’s books, and now that I have a child of my own, I have an even better excuse to pick them up at every chance! I sometimes shy away from “Bible” story books, only because I have several storybook Bibles for my daughter and I was raised with plenty of Sunday school experiences to show me how cheesy these books can be.

But when I received Zacchaeus and Jesus by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Lisa Manuzak, I had a feeling it would be different. The story is the age-old, familiar tale of Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore tree to see Jesus. But, it’s told with a bit of a twist to capture my little one’s attention.

Read from the front to back, it is the tale told from Zacchaeus’ perspective, but from back to front it is told from Jesus’ perspective. I love this device to teach my child not only a Biblical story, but also to help her understand perspective, point of view, and perhaps how we see ourselves vs. how Jesus sees us. To help her learn more than just a story.

This book has large, colorful pictures and just enough text to tell the story without taking too long to flip the pages (very important for an impatient little one!). I would recommend this book to Christian moms and dads thanks to its new and innovative storytelling technique!

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I received a complimentary copy of Zacchaeus and Jesus from Tyndale House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

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17 thoughts on “Book Review: Zacchaeus and Jesus

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  • October 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm
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    My favorite children’s book is Goodnight, Moon.

    • October 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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      Love this one. I think we have it memorized!

  • October 11, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    If you give a mouse a cookie

  • October 11, 2016 at 8:46 am
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    My favorite book for children is Harry the dirty dog.

    • October 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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      I’m going to have to check this one out!

  • October 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm
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    My favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! My son LOVES it!

    • October 12, 2016 at 8:13 am
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      I need to get this one for my daughter!

  • October 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    My favorite kid book is Charlotte’s Web.

    • October 13, 2016 at 8:31 am
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      My daughter and I are listening to the audio book right now!

  • October 12, 2016 at 11:57 pm
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    I love any of Beatrix Potter’s stories, such fun and so cute!

  • October 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    horton hears a who!

  • October 15, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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    Charlottes web

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