Thomas Nelson/Precious Moments
Different format today, folks. I’m reviewing a children’s Bible for Thomas Nelson. The Bible is … well … the Bible, so I’m not going to spend time reviewing the text. Instead, I’m going to focus on the design.
It seems like publishers have a hard time figuring out age group targeting when they’re designing Bibles for kids. I actually had a similar Bible as a kid, and I liked it; but I was also a budding artist and I liked the illustrations. The problem is, this is a standard NKJV Bible. The artwork and the squishy front cover seem geared to a very young audience (think board book age). Obviously, very few preschoolers are going to be reading a standard NKJV Bible. By the time they’re able to actually read this Bible, they’ll likely have outgrown the cutesy cover.
Now, I’ve got a soft spot for Precious Moments. Obviously, the artist has cornered the warm-and-fuzzy market. The artwork throughout is lovely, as you might expect. There are full color pages with little prayers at intervals throughout the Bible. You’ll also find a few pages with full color maps at the end. Overall, a fairly standard Bible.
I’m not really sure how to recommend this one. It’s beautifully designed, the artwork is fabulous, etc. but the age targeting seems all off.