Bible Detective : A Puzzle Search Book Hardback
by Peter Martin
Illustrated by Peter Kent
Part of the Detective series
Young detectives will never tire of this picture-search puzzle book.
Readers can pore over 17 cleverly illustrated scenes of Bible events to find the answers to the questions posed on each page.
Some puzzles involve looking for details of everyday life, others highlight things that happened in the Bible stories - offering hours of fun to readers as they search for the answers.
With lots to find, this kind of picture book is particularly great for reluctant readers and visual learners, helping all children get an overview of the Bible's history and content as they super-sleuth their way through the book.
Warning: may be addictive!
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 48 pages, Colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
- Publication Date: 20/07/2012
- Category: Bibles & bible stories (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9780745962764
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews.
Review by tiinaj1
I have always been interested in how other cultures throughout the centuries have lived and found this book very interesting. It's a great introduction to Sociology and Anthropology and for kids who aren't ready for learning about either of those studies - it's also great for learning about everyday life in Egypt, Jerusalem, and other towns and locations mentioned in the Bible. You will find scenes that show how the Isrealite slaves were treated complete with overseers beating slaves, how to make bricks, what kinds of houses they lived in, how children played and more.Personally I would say this book is for kids who are very detailed oriented, approximately 6 or 7+ just because of the level of detail and how busy the scenes are. The drawings look like they are hand drawn and there are mini descriptions of what is happening in each two page spread and then your child is given a direction: Find two camels, find an man making bricks, and so on. At the top of each page is a suggested Bible Reference so kids can find it in the Bible and read how or what happened in history. An example two page spread shows what time period the scene is from and where you'll read about a scene like the one in the book: See an example.I like how educational the book is - it's interactive, detailed, answers lots of little questions with little answers and you'll always see something new. This would be a great book to put in your church bag, keep in the car or have available at rest time for kids that don't nap. It's also great for reluctant readers because it's so interactive kids don't feel like their reading.Disclaimer: I received a copy of Bible Detective to read and review on CCB from Kregel Publications. I was not required to have a positive review and no money exchanged hands.
Review by alekee
What an awesome book for Children to learn the Bible, and how people lived back in ancient times.The cover is brightly colored to draw the Child's eye. Once you open the book you begin a great fun filled journey.To begin with their is a picture of a fox hidden in each of the double page activities. An example would be Slaves in Egypt. Verse Genesis 37-50; Exodus 1. Then there is some of the scripture up in the left hand part of the picture. All around the outside of the picture is some facts...Bricks were made from mud packed into a mold and turned out. Find 5 men using a brick mold...etc. These continue all around.Kind of like an Eye Spy, but with more.There are 17 different Puzzle Searches, and in the back there are answers. There is also an index to help.My boys ages 5 and 7 needed help with the words, but spent several hours going over the picture. Excitedly they would point to the answers. I can see then asking to use this over and over! I loved it!I received this book from Kregel Publications, and was not required to give a positive review.
Review by VeraGodley
About the book: Young detectives will never tire of this picture-search puzzle book. Readers can pore over 17 cleverly illustrated scenes of Bible events to find the answers to the questions posed on each page. Some puzzles involve looking for details of everyday life, others highlight things that happened in the Bible stories--offering hours of fun to readers as they search for the answers.With lots to find, this kind of picture book is particularly great for reluctant readers and visual learners, helping all children get an overview of the Bible's history and content as they super-sleuth their way through the book. Warning: may be addictive!My thoughts: Most children have a bit of a detective in them. Always searching out tidbits of the unknown and ferreting out information in the smallest form. Well, if you happen to know one of these child-detectives, Bible Detective by Peter Martin is just the book for them. It is actually a learning tool, a story book, a Bible study book, and a "game" all rolled into one.The illustrations by Peter Kent are tiny, detailed, and packed full of trivia and major points of interest. It is the goal of the reader to find specific hidden items in each illustrated story. And then there is, of course, the hidden "fox" that is tucked away in each scene.But the larger picture of this book (or should I say "gem") is the fact that the reader is taken on a timeline Bible study learning facts from the Old and New Testaments. The gleaned information is further implanted on the reader's mind because of his/her involvement in searching out minute details within the illustrations. The "game" per-say. Exercising one's brain in the solving of puzzles is a stimulus that cements the learning.Bible Detective opens with the story of Noah and completes with the New Testament voyage to the port of Caesarea. Each story gives the Biblical reference as well as the time in which it occurred.I foresee children from the age of 5 and up and the adults that read with them thoroughly enjoying their romp through the pages of Bible Detective as they learn the small details, the main points, and see the bigger picture of these Bible stories.DISCLOSURE: Kregel provided a complimentary copy of Bible Detective by Peter Martin and illustrated by Peter Kent to facilitate my giving an honest review. I was not obligated to render a positive review and received no compensation for this review.
Review by TheLoopyLibrarian
Bible Detective is like Where’s Waldo with intricate pictures depicting both Old Testament and New Testament scenes. Young readers are encouraged to find various people or items within each picture (as well as the little fox that appears in each scene). What I particularly liked about this book was that it educated while it entertained. For example, one of the pages challenges readers to spot Noah smearing tar on a guffa to make it watertight. The search prior to that explains that a guffa is an animal skin boat. The biblical passages that inspired each picture are named on the page and a date estimate is given. Also, short text gives context to each picture. There is even an answer key in the back with the solution to each puzzle. The puzzle pictures are completely absorbing, so it is very easy to get lost in them. I highly recommend this book for children of elementary to middle school age. It will keep them entertained for hours while giving them a better understanding of life in biblical times.In compliance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free review copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Review by bobhayton
Where's Waldo? Many a child has spent countless hours poring over a large picture book searching in vain for a funny man in a stocking cap, and his companions. Not much was learned in the process, however, and so Peter Martin has set out to change that. Working with illustrator Peter Kent, Martin has created "Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book," a book that rivals Waldo for fun, but also offers an education in the world of the Bible.This colorful picture book includes seventeen puzzles with a variety of objects to search for. Women fighting over a well of water, nine yellow frogs, the Tabernacle furniture and Solomon's baboons-the variety of items to find is incredible. Bible scenes covered include David and Goliath, the census of Bethlehem, the siege of Lachish and Peter in Cornelius' house. The pictures are engrossing, the artwork detailed and engaging, and the material is true to the biblical period being explored.Exploring is just the right term to describe how a young reader will feel as he or she peruses through this bright book. And for those who are quick to give up, there is an answer key in the back with all the scenes mapped out. The quality of this book is superb, and Bible references and dates are provided to allow the puzzle being studied to be properly placed in its specific context.There are a variety of puzzle books that are available for young readers. But there are not many Christian puzzle books produced with this level of attention to detail and quality of workmanship. This book will compete with secular products well, and should enjoy a long press run. For Christian parents seeking to equip their children with any Bible-themed resource available, this book is a must-have. It will appeal to elementary and middle school-aged children, with the older ones more able to appreciate the manners and customs explained. Come to think of it, even high-schoolers could enjoy paging through this book with their younger siblings.I encourage parents and grandparents to consider adding this book to their Christmas list this year. It is sure to please.Disclaimer: This book was provided by Lion Books (Kregel Publications). I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.