The Lying King by Alex Beard – BOOK REVIEW

Title: The Lying King
Author: Alex Beard
Publication Date & Publisher: September 4th 2018 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
Genre(s): Children’s, Humor
Length:  54 pages
ISBN: 13:978-1-62634-528-7
My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli?

For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, Tale from the Watering Hole.

Will the Truth catch up with the king?

​Find out as Alex Beard’s whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages. With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond!

My review:

The Lying King is incredibly timely given the current political climate in the U.S.A. It reminds me of Dr. Seuss in that it has an obvious “hidden” statement. As Seuss wrote Yertle the Turtle King with Hitler in mind, I’m sure that author Alex Beard had the problem of lying as an acceptable practice in our current society in mind, when he wrote The Lying King.

I often wonder what the effect the current situation both here and around the world is going to have on our children. They are growing up in an environment where you cannot click on the television, read an article on the internet, or watch the news without seeing someone getting ahead, profiting both monetarily and politically, by spouting obvious lies. I love that Beard wrote a book like this that unequivocally tells our children that Lying is NOT okay! It is NOT acceptable! And it’s certainly NOT a way to become king!

As Beard says in The Lying King:

‘Cause that’s in the end how it always goes down…

The king who tells lies loses his crown.

The illustrations in The Lying King are fun and I enjoyed them just as much as the story! I’m sure I’ll be reading this one for many years to come…

I definitely recommend this book for anyone, not just children.

I received a free review copy of this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. This in no way influenced my review.

What do you think of The Lying King? Have a suggestion for my next read? Leave me a comment below!

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When God Made Light – a Review

36962355Title: When God Made Light
Author: Matthew Paul Turner
Publication Date & Publisher: February 13, 2018, Waterbrook
Genre(s): Children’s, Christian
Length: 48 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60142-920-9
My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Description (from Goodreads):

From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God’s design affirming young readers.

‘Let there be light!’ that’s what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread.” Wild and creative illustrations from top children’s illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner’s lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child–an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.

My review: 

Last year, I reviewed the amazing children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner, When God Made You. At that time, the only children in my home were well into their teen years so I didn’t have any young children to read my favorite children’s books to…

So imagine how excited I was when Turner’s newest children’s book, When God Made Light, was published earlier this year, and I had three young foster children to read it too!

As excited as I was, the bar was set pretty high. I had compared Turner’s writing in When God Made You to Dr. Seuss… and Dr. Seuss is one of the very few children’s book authors that I can not only read over and over again, but that I know, no matter which of their books I pick up, I’m going to love it. To be honest… I loved When God Made You so much that I wasn’t all that sure Turner would be able to pull it off again with his following books…


My two-year-old foster daughter preferred When God Made You over every other children’s book we have…until we bought When God Made Light. Now, before nap time and bedtime the answer to “What story do you want mama to read?” is always “God Light.”

And after months of reading this story twice a day, everyday… I’m still not sick of it! I actually still enjoying reading it to her!

The story is uplifting and joyful to the point that I continue to find myself occasionally tearing up while reading it, thinking of just how precious the little people are that God has entrusted me to care for.

Now, when God made light,

God made all different kinds.

Some sparkles, some flares, but all light shines.

I love the way Turner points out in such a hopeful way that God made light for so many different things… the sun, the moon, the stars, the light inside of us – they all have a purpose and a use.

Shimmer and shine,

be a beacon so bright,

’cause when God made you, child, God made light.

The illustrator from When God Made You also did the pictures for When God Made Light and they are just as beautiful! They feature the same girl from When God Made You, along with some cute animals and a baby.

Basically, there isn’t anything negative for me to say about this book!

So what do you think? Leave me a comment below!

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When God Made You – a review

Now that my girls are older, I rarely get the opportunity to read children’s books.

Okay, that’s a lie…

Image found on Flickr, Linda Jordon

On occasion (aka not so occasionally), you can find me sitting in my library/sewing/writing/soon-to-be-bed room reading Dr. Seuss — out loud.  (Not sure what it says about me that there’s a room in my house with an identity crisis) (Also, in case you weren’t aware…  out loud is the ONLY acceptable way to read a Dr. Seuss book!)

Since my girls are now 17 and 12, there aren’t many children’s books that I’m even willing to read, let alone take the time to re-read over and over again.  (Other than Seuss, obviously.)

For a book to achieve such an honor in my currently WAY overloaded schedule, it has got to be phenomenal.  To be honest, I would have told you such a book did not exist.

Turns out, I was wrong (again). Continue reading → When God Made You – a review