Title: The Newborn King
By: Sarah J. Dod and Raffaella Ligi
Published by: Lion
Available from: Eden
Good for: children aged 3-7 years
Best bit: Lovely artwork and tone of the storytelling, which makes all the characters feel real
Worst bit: There is what I would consider additional elements added which aren’t in the Bible, but that’s my personal thing! (I like not to have to ‘unteach’ things later!) The additions do help to explain some things such as the possible meanings behind the wise men’s gifts. I’m always a bit sad when there’s a stable and an inn mentioned, as the Bible text doesn’t mention them, but I realise it’s what most Christmas stories have in them.
This book is a nice in-between for those who know the basic Christmas story and aren’t quite ready to read or have it read to them from the Bible. The pictures are lovely, and the tone of the story is gentle and warming, perfect for reading together with a hot chocolate on a December day!
The artwork is crisp, colourful and contemporary: