Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Buster's Ears Trip Him Up-Children's Book Review

Buster's Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail  -     By: David Powlison

About the book 
Buster was sure he was the fastest bunny in the meadow. But during a race at summer camp, nothing goes as planned and Buster gets tripped up. After his epic fall, his older sister, Ivy, helps him see that failure is an opportunity to grow. As Buster remembers God’s love, he is able to let go of others’ opinions and accept that it is okay to try your best but not always be the best. Edited by Edward T. Welch, Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up ends with a special section that guides parents in teaching children how the gospel of Jesus Christ comforts and sustains us through failure and turns our focus away from ourselves and toward others. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will remind children and adults of God’s love and help for those who get tripped up.

A new series of hardback, illustrated children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds—each centered on an animal family—bring gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will captivate children. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure, bringing biblical help and hope to issues every child faces. The last page of each book contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps children apply biblical truth to specific issues. Together children and parents will be guided by the stories into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life.
- Each story, based on a different animal family, will keep even the youngest child engaged.
- Brightly colored, fun illustrations welcome children into a detailed animal world.
- Each story helps children process a challenging situation with concrete, grace-based, help.
- Instead of moralism, children are offered a practical way to follow Jesus through a difficult situation.
- Based on CCEF’s model of hope and help that encourages a growing relationship with Jesus.

And I thought 
Charming and cheerful.  This was a lovely book.  I loved the illustrations.  I was given the option to read any of the 3 in the series.  

I chose Buster because I love bunnies.

Buster turned out to be quite the guy!  This was a delightful book 
with wonderful illustrations.  Joe Hox did an amazing job in the 

Although the book is geared for 3 year olds to 8 years olds I would 
consider it more a book parents would read to the much younger audience.  It's not a book I would hand over to my 3 year old.  
Honestly I am not sure I would turn my 8 year old loose with it either.  

Although my children and grandchildren have been raised to have a love for books.  I just think there are books for them to handle and enjoy and then there are books that should be read under supervision or be kept for family time.  This is one I would definitely use for family time.  Or to be read together with the parent at bedtime.   

I liked the Bible verse cards at the end but I just wasn't sure how they could be used other than by the parent.    The page is perforated for easy cutting out.  There are 4 verse cards featuring 
Psalm 40:1-2, James 4:6, Romans 5:8, and Hebrews 4:15-16. 
Although a nice touch I don't see how the Psalms and Hebrews verses in a verse card as a tool for this age group.  The are wonderful expressions of God's love and promises but they are long verses for this age.  

I enjoyed this book immensely and I would buy the others to complete the series.  My grand children would love the series. 

I received a complimentary copy.  
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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