Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Love's New Beginnings ( Wyoming Sunrise Prequel) by Penny Zeller [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9781957847030
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My thoughts:
  I read book #1 in the Wyoming Sunrise series, "Forgotten Memories," prior to reading the prequel, "Love's New Beginnings." The reason being that the author had many requests to know the story of the mature couple, Lydie Beauchamp, the town's new teacher, and Rev. Solomon Eliason, the town's new pastor. So a short prequel was written and what a touching, sweet, delightful read it is.

In today's world, the chance of finding good clean fiction that is sweet and a joy to read is rare indeed. Author Penny Zeller is known for her faith based stories that give glimpses into the lives of historical people as well as some contemporary stories. "Love's New Beginnings" has a teacher and a reverend new to the town and new to their professional callings. There is a delightful loquacous boy in the story that steals your heart. And the adults in the town are warm and supportive of both of these newcomers.

The sweet romance is tender and delightful. I highly recommend this book and series.

About the book: Where it all began…

Lydie Beauchamp recently moved with her aunts—sisters Myrtle and Fern—to the untamed Wyoming Territory. When a teaching position in nearby Willow Falls captures her attention, can she leave her aunts, one of whom just suffered a broken heart, and embark on this new adventure? Will she find the courage to persevere in the midst of challenges, one being a handsome challenge named Solomon Eliason?

Reverend Solomon Eliason has the goal of making a difference. Hired as the pastor of Willow Falls, he must convince the congregation that he is able to undertake the role of a reverend. When he’s nominated to be the adult in charge of the annual prank tradition at the school, he embraces the idea, thinking the new teacher will be an elderly crotchety woman like his former teacher. What he doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that the teacher is far from crotchety and elderly. When Lydie and Solomon’s paths cross in an unexpected way during the prank tradition at the Willow Falls school, can Solomon redeem himself in the eyes of the lovely new teacher?

Take a glimpse into where it all began with Lydie and Solomon's story in this tender tale that reminds us that God can and does use willing hearts for His purposes.

Prequel: Love's New Beginnings
Book One: Forgotten Memories
Book Two: Dreams of the Heart (March 2023)
Book Three: When Love Comes (Late 2023)

Begins December 29
Ends January 28, 2023 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by the author. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

"The Very Bad Day" & "Everywhere With You" demonstrate overcoming obstacles and bad day happenings [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

Everywhere with You  by Carlie Sorosiak & illustrated by Devon Holzwarth

Ages 3 - 8 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781536214970

My thoughts: 
This is a sweet "girl meets dog, girl and dog love each other" story; but if you want to dig deeper into the story's meaning, you'll see a lonely little girl (she is old enough to read) and a lonely dog. Separated by an impenetrable fence, they bond by the little girl reading nightly while seated by her side of the fence whilst the dog listens on his side.

Adults can envision neglect or abusive  loneliness of both dog and child. And one can wonder what a young girl is doing reading outside at night when it is dark by a fence.  But I prefer not to wonder at their loneliness or possible abuse - this IS a children's book. I'll just delve on the story and illustrations.

We have a little girl that reads to a dog and they venture far and wide in their imaginary world of Everywhere With You and I shan't tell how it ends.

The book has sweet illustrations that flow vividly across the pages and a nicely written prose story. I think children will enjoy this story.

About the book: The heartwarming friendship between a girl and the dog next door tenderly evokes the power of stories to bring—and keep—us together.

Two houses stand side by side: one is home to a dog, the other to a young girl. Though a fence divides them, girl and dog build a sweet and sturdy friendship rooted in make-believe . . . and are lonely no more. Paired with moving illustrations and based on a true story, this endearing tale from the author of I, Cosmo testifies to the transformative power of creativity and inter-species friendship.

Author info: Carlie Sorosiak is the author of several books for young readers, including I, Cosmo—an acclaimed middle-grade novel told from the point of view of a golden retriever—Leonard (My Life as a Cat). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Illustrator info: Devon Holzwarth is the author-illustrator of Found You and the illustrator of Papa, Daddy, and Riley by Seamus Kirst. She grew up in Panama with the jungle as her garden and parrots and iguanas as pets. She currently lives in Germany.

The Bad Day by Frann Preston-Gannon

Ages 2 - 7 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781536223781

My thoughts: 
This is a delightful story. Each critter proclaims how his day is bad and is, in fact, worse that theirs. Told in delightfully rhyming lines with a nice cadence and illustrated in a cheerful woodland, the story will resonate with the young child.

Though the critters are each having a bad day they find they can pull together to help each other overcome their difficulties. A superb lesson in community helpfulness.

I highly recommend this delightful book.

About the book: Squirrel is left hanging when a search for a tasty nut goes wrong. Meanwhile, Bird has his beak buried in a tree trunk, Snake is tied in a knot, Tortoise is upside-down, and Fox? Well, Fox has a suspicious stomachache. These animals are all having a VERY BAD DAY!

But soon it becomes clear that little Mouse is having the worst day of all, and his friends can only help him—and one another—if they work together.

Author/Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon is an illustrator, designer, and award-winning author-illustrator. She is the author-illustrator of By the Light of the Moon and Dave’s Cave and the illustrator of Sing a Song of Seasons and Out of the Blue. She was the first UK recipient of a Sendak Fellowship and spent a month learning from renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak. Frann Preston-Gannon lives in London.

Begins December 24
Ends January 23 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Open to USA & CANADA
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winners' prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Candlewick children's books acclaimed titles 2022 [Review & Giveaway]

Check out some of Candlewick's most acclaimed titles of 2022 that critics recommend! Critics agree – these titles are not to be missed.

Concrete: From the Ground Up by Larissa Theule & illustrated by Steve Light 

ISBN: 9781536212501
Age 7 - 10 Years

My thoughts: 
This is an interesting book about the history of concrete. Frankly, I didn't know the difference between concrete and cement or how it is used or its varied uses. I found the text interesting and educational. The little asides (a bit of chuckle fun) nicely put and placed to break the "educational" aspect of the text a bit.

The evolution of building skills and of the building materials such as concrete are quite interesting. I like how the book ends saying that the concrete of 50 years from now will be different from that which is used today. This is based on how the substance has evolved historically and how man's mind conceives building, engineering, and uses for concrete.

I think this would be a grand book to have on hand for parents involved in construction, engineering, and architecture to share with their children.

About the book: A stylish, eye-opening, utterly engaging, and often wry look at one of the marvels of the material world, from the ground up.

From a lowly mixture of stone, sand, water, and cement have sprung sidewalks, streets, and skyscrapers, sturdy lighthouses and magnificent palaces, long bridges and massive dams. In ancient building practices, in modern engineering, and in the architecture of the future, humble concrete plays a mighty role in the creation of the human-made world. Brimming with facts and spiced with clever running narrative in the form of repartee-filled speech bubbles, Concrete is as intimate and entertaining as it is informative and visually sweeping. Curious readers of all ages—from would-be engineers to science and history buffs to retro-design lovers—will delight in this bold, one-of-a-kind guide to the (literal) bedrock of civilization, amplified by a bibliography in the back matter. 

Big Truck, Little Island By Chris Van Dusen

ISBN: 9781536203936
Ages 3 to 7 Years

My thoughts:   
This is a delightful and beautiful story of cooperation and trust. It is based on a real island, the island's folks, and their trust and sharing with one another. The author has created a sweet, well done bit of storybook prose to tell the tale of the big truck that blocked the island's traffic, and of how the people solved their problem of getting to their destination on time.

It is beautifully illustrated with bright colors and delightfully drawn pictures that visually tell the story and blend just as the text does.

I highly recommend this book and share in agreement with critics who rate it as an acclaimed title for 2022.

About the book: That big truck is stuck! How will the island residents get where they’re gong? A tale of community and ingenuity from the celebrated Chris Van Dusen, inspired by a true story.

When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry’s ballet class? Luckily, the kids come up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars? Inspired by an incident that happened on Vinalhaven, Maine, Chris Van Dusen tells a fun tale of resourcefulness and community through clever, rhyming wordplay and whimsical illustrations, sprinkled with plenty of cars and trucks for transportation-loving readers.

What are Words, Really? by Alexi Lubomirski & illustrated by Carlos Aponte 

ISBN: 9781536219807
Ages 4 to 8 Years

My thoughts: 
Oh my! This is such a beautiful book! I don't mean beautiful as in lovely, classic illustrations done in soothing colors of pastel shades. No, I mean in it's value, it's worth, it's message. It teaches in a wonderful method that words we use matter so much to everyone, everything in the world. 

I love the bold, splashing, dashing bursts of color that deliver the message on each page. I love the adequate yet sparse text that gets the message across so effectively.

I highly recommend this book and agree with critics that say it is a highly valued, acclaimed title for 2022.

About the book: A renowned photographer and a Pura Belpré Honor–winning illustrator join forces for a playful and stylish picture book that’s destined to make the world a better place, one word at a time.

Perfectly pitched to the youngest child, Alexi Lubomirski’s whimsical text is a gentle reminder that words have power—the power to hurt or to heal, to make someone feel small or feel tall. Carlos Aponte’s buoyant illustrations, in dazzling primary colors and bold black line, pair with a dynamic text design to create a visual symphony. An eye-catching appeal to our better natures, this inspired meditation on the purpose and power of words encourages children to choose them well—and use them wisely—to spread kindness, joy, and love.
Begins December 21
Ends January 20 @ 12:00 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes. 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Veil of Anarchy (Kessler Effect, #1) by Vannetta Chapman

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My thoughts: 
I have been a fan of Vannetta Chapman's books for several years. Her cozy mysteries, Amish fiction, and earlier dystopian series were real winners as far as I'm concerned. This newest dystopian series, "The Kessler Effect," piqued my interest when I first heard of it.

Most of Chapman's books are Christian and faith based. Not "preachy" but just have characters strong in their Christian faith. They are always clean reads with no foul language or "R-rated" scenes. The Kessler Effect series is not a faith based series but is basically a clean read. No "R-rated" scenes but it does have a small scattering of off-color words. The prequel and book #1 are, in my opinion, very good reads and are not offensive. The "expletives" are very few and on a lighter vein.

Now about the story line...... Set in lower Texas where it's hot and dry, the folks in the small town of Alpine notice sporadic electrical failure. Then failure of the cell service. About the same time, there is a horrific train collision nearby. They expect the government officials to come running because of the train collision, but much to their surprise it doesn't happen. Then the realization sets in that life as they have know it has ceased - no electricity, no water, no incoming food, nothing to depend on.

The local police, firemen, and officials gather with the townspeople to set a plan in motion. Soon they realize that the problem of survival is real.

I totally enjoyed reading Veil of Anarchy and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

About the book: Can law and order survive in a world without rules?

As police chief, Tanda Lopez has vowed to protect the people of Alpine. But how do you protect a town against itself?

Perched on a high mesa in the Chihuahuan Desert, no one is coming to help the citizens of this remote Texas town. When the entire array of lower orbital satellites crash, they are instantly catapulted into a world without communication, power, or resources. Tanda is determined that law and order won’t be the next casualty of the apocalypse. But how can she fight a corrupt mayor? Can she stand between those who wish to uphold the law and those who are intent on annihilating it? And what will she do about the neighboring communities who are preparing to attack?

As a Veil of Anarchy blankets the world, will Alpine and its people be annihilated?

Veil of Anarchy is book one in a new post-apocalyptic survival thriller series from USA Today Bestselling Author Vannetta Chapman. An exciting contribution to the genre of disaster fiction, this is one book that will literally keep you up all night. 

About the author: With over 1 million copies sold, Vannetta Chapman is a USA Today and PW Bestselling author of over 40 books. She has written for Abingdon Press and Harvest House Publishers, and she currently writes for Kensington Books and Harlequin/Love Inspired. She's received numerous awards including the ACFW Carol Award for best mystery (Falling to Pieces), and she was a Christy Award finalist (Anna's Healing).

Chapman has a BA and MA in English literature from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has taught for numerous writing groups and colleges. She speaks around the country on writing, how to publish, and steps to finding an agent and landing a publishing contract. Chapman’s releases include Amish romance, cozy mystery, novellas, romantic suspense, and dystopian/disaster fiction. For more information, visit her at webpage -- 

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Critical Threat (Extreme Measures #3) by Lynette Eason Launch Team

My thoughts: 
Lynette Eason has just produced another fast paced suspense bringing mind-grabbing mystery and romantic vibes to eager readers. While the story moves swiftly along, readers should be as vigilant as the FBI agents are in identifying the person behind the disappearance and death of women.

Trained as a behavioral analyst, Grace Billingsley has a critical role to play in finding out who the person is and what their reason is behind the killings. She, herself, gets targeted by this person, too.

An interesting and fast paced story that will keep the reader on edge right to the end. Looking forward to another in the series.

About the book: FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley tracks serial killers, using her skills as a psychiatrist and behavioral analyst to get dangerous people off the street and safely behind bars. But prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe knows that just because a killer is incarcerated doesn't mean they're not a threat. His own father, Peter, is a serial killer--in prison but certainly not out of Sam's life, as much as he wishes he was.

When bodies start showing up with Peter's MO, Sam and Grace are both called in to consult. They've met before--and though Grace thought they'd made a real connection, Sam ghosted her. They'll have to get past the awkwardness and mistrust to solve this case--especially because it's about to get personal.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary ARC to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera (board book)

My thoughts:  Children age appropriate for board books would typically not get into the 12-days-of type song or storyline. Author illustrator Jane Cabrera has endeavored to bring it to this young audience in an animal grouping of critters leaping and prancing through this cute book.

While not my favorite adaptation of this song, I do think the book has real kid-appeal in the illustrations and the animals that are involved.

Study board pages, sized just right for small hands, and bright cheerful illustrations will win over the younger set. Well worth the $7.99 list price.

About the book: Seven squirrels skiing, six bears a-snoozing. . . A best-loved Christmas song gets a lively adaptation in this board book.

Story-hour favorite Jane Cabrera brings her signature style to the classic Christmas carol, giving it a friendly animal twist. Cheerful illustrations of skiing squirrels and magic mice in an imaginative winter wonderland invite readers to join the festivities and sing along to the reworked lyrics. Children will enjoy laughing at this clever new version--from the 12 penguins skating all the way down to party in a pear tree!

Jane Cabrera's Story Time gives favorite nursery rhymes and songs a new toddler-friendly twist. These interactive favorites feature bold, bright, illustrations and catchy refrains. Don't miss other fun titles including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Kitty's Cuddles, and Over in the Meadow. 

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

How to Speak Animal by Aubre Andrus & Gabby Wild - learn about the secret language of wild animals (NGKids Book Blitz & Giveaway)


Learn about the secret language of wild animals in this exciting and informative guide from the experts who brought you How to Speak Cat and How to Speak Dog.

We know animals can’t speak and express themselves in the same way as humans … but even the smallest and quietest animals have incredible ways of communicating with each other. With wildlife veterinarian expert Dr. Gabby Wild as a guide, How to Speak Animal helps kids understand how animals communicate through sound, body language, and behavior. It’s full of expert insights and real-life stories of humans exploring ways to “talk” to animals, from teaching great apes sign language to speaking “dolphin.” Packed with super-engaging animal photography that helps illustrate key concepts, this fascinating bookprofiles more than 60 different creatures―from birds to mammals to reptiles and more―and their amazing ways of communicating with each other.

If you’ve ever wondered why gorillas beat their chests and make hooting noises, what it means when chameleons change color, or why some elephants twist their trunks together, this is the book for you!


About the Authors

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DR. GABBY WILD earned her bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degrees at Cornell University. She completed her veterinary internship training at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and received her master’s of public health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota. She is a published genetics researcher and uses her research background to screen zoonotic disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people. To help maintain a healthy planet, she monitors herd and individual health for rising epidemics. Dr. Wild balances her Western medicine practices with traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to blend both methodologies. Acclaimed for her role as “the veterinarian” on Animal Jam, the world’s largest online “playground,” with 54 million players, she creates educational videos and teaches children internationally about wildlife conservation and medicine. When not in the wild, Gabby works as a Wildlife Health Program veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo and is a training veterinary surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. She lives in New York City.

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AUBRE ANDRUS is an award-winning children's book author with dozens of books published by National Geographic, Lonely Planet, American Girl, Disney, Scholastic, and more. She has also ghostwritten books for young YouTube stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. 


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Monday, December 5, 2022

Weird But True! World 2023 - kid-favorite series is busting out with an annual extravaganza of the wackiest, wildest, & downright weirdest wonders on Earth [BLITZ GIVEAWAY]


The BLOCKBUSTER kid-favorite series Weird But True! is busting out with a BIG, BOLD annual extravaganza of the wackiest, wildest, and downright weirdest wonders on planet Earth.

Discover Earth’s strangest animals, natural formations, festivals, ancient wonders, news, and more in this newest addition to the wildly popular Weird But True! family―an annual compendium of everything Weird But True! fans love ... and then some. Readers will journey across the seven continents, dive into the ocean, and even blast off into space to discover a whole wide world of weird. From the troll doll bug of Suriname to the Bog Snorkeling Championships in Wales to a technicolor village in Indonesia, Weird But True! World offers an unparalleled, adventure-filled exploration of our world’s amazing uniqueness.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Stunning photographs
  • Wild, wow-worthy facts
  • Weird news
  • Shocking stats and infographics
  • Colorful maps
  • Personality quizzes
  • Adorable odd animals
  • And more!

This book is perfect for fans of Weird But True!, as well as Atlas Obscura, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Guinness World Records, and any curious kid willing to embrace the quirky side of life.

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For more Weird But True! fun check out the series page on National Geographic Kids!



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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Holding the Line (Love Along the Wires #3) by Jennifer Delamere

My thoughts:  In 1881 it was not easy for a young-ish woman, widowed, to forge a life and keep her respectability. Rose Finlay has already had a double measure, pressed down, and running over of hard, life-wrecking moments; but she forges ahead and has a strong hold on decent employment in the new and upcoming technology world of 1881. She works in a postal office and knows how to manage it and to also run a telegraphy center.

She encounters a situation where a very young lady is placing herself at risk by meeting a rake of a "gentleman" without the protection of a chaperone. Remember, it is 1881 and such actions are just not done.

From that point on, Rose manages to become more involved in this young lady's circumstances than is her wont to do. But she just can't let the young lady's life be ruined.

The story meanders through these Victorian mores at a steady, gentle pace. At times you want to hurry them along; but that was a slower, gentler time, so we bide our time and read on knowing that life was more ridged, more constrained, and women were not outgoing or forward. 

I found the characters interesting and true to the times in which the story has them living. It is interesting that Rose's mother-in-law inserts herself so pointedly into  Rose's life and that she holds to the belief that Rose should consider herself married for eternity and that she should not entertain the idea of remarriage. 

I found the conclusion of the story satisfying and it has a sweet ending. I highly recommend.

About the book: A widow at just 30 years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.

As the overseer of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.

When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.

Copy of Holding the Line
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Friday, December 2, 2022

The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids [Review & Giveaway]

ABOUT THE BIBLE: The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids is made to help kids place God’s Word in the middle of God’s world. Within its pages, kids will explore and interact with the people, places, and things of the Bible and God’s creation. This Bible features a fun and engaging full-color design with images, illustrations, timelines, and study helps placed throughout to equip and excite kids of all ages to better read, know, and apply God’s Word for a lifetime.


  • Book introductions to help kids understand the key truths and takeaways for every book, including the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why”
  • “Christ in Context” articles for each book to show how the whole Bible points to Jesus and the good news of the gospel
  • “Discovering the Truth” callouts to help kids understand the essential truths of the Bible and apply them to their life
  • “Excavating the Past” illustrations and real-world images to help connect the dots between important archaeological discoveries and the Bible

  • “Exploring Creation” facts and images connecting modern day objects and things in the world today to God and the Bible
  • “Charting History” illustrated timelines to survey key time periods and events in biblical history
  • “Ultimate Character” profiles with fun facts and insights for important people in the Bible

  • “Unearthing God’s Promises” callouts highlighting key memory verses throughout the Bible to aid in Scripture memorization
  • “Big Words” dictionary to look up the meaning of some of the big words found in the Bible
  • Corresponding online activities that can be done at home with family and friends, or at church with a group
  • 8.5pt type size that is easy-to-read with words of Jesus in red
  • Specially designed presentation page for gift-giving or awards
  • Full-color maps section to help find places mentioned in the Bible

Part of what makes the CSB Explorer Bible for Kids so special is the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

My thoughts: This is a sturdy, bright colored children's Bible. The whole Biblical text is there so it is not a "storybook Bible." I like that the words of Jesus are printed in red. The study aids are somewhat unique in this Bible. It is a Bible meant to be used as a study Bible for middle schoolers enabling them to have age appropriate study aids at their fingertips.

The online corresponding activities where you can scan a QR code to download activities pages is an interesting concept but will probably soon be out of date as technology changes so rapidly. A separate book accompanying the Bible with these codes might be more appropriate for this purpose.

I know many folks are using the CSB (Christian Standard Bible) version and it is certainly very readable. I am still an advocate of the old standard KJV. 

The text format and size is easily readable which is a real plus. I really like the side bars of information that explains the Biblical text and grabs the reader's attention. I also like inclusion of truths such as "God will forgive us even though we sin. Genesis 27-28" and the colorful eye catching image accompanying it. The maps are great and the glossary is superb. The introduction to each book of the Bible is clear and interest capturing. 

Personally, I think the Bible appropriate for older "kids" as well as middle schoolers and would make a great Bible for young or new Christians. The accompanying materials are easy to understand, attention grabbing, educational, and will definitely draw the reader into a love of Bible study. 



DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of The Explorer Bible to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Giveaway is hosted by publisher and/or publicist who will provide and ship directly to the winner the prize copy. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.