Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Great Mogul Diamond Review

The Great Mogul Diamond
Author: G. P. Taylor
I reviewed the first book in this series with my eleven year old son a few months ago. Initially, I think he was lukewarm to the book.  He felt like there was too much low humor in it for him.  However, after a while, he picked it back up and began rereading it.  Then, he asked for the next one. 

When the chance to review The Great Mogul Diamond came, I jumped on it.  He was excited to receive it, but immediately informed me this was book three and not book two in the series.
Nonetheless, he really enjoyed it.  There are new characters that he felt would have been easier to understand had he read book two.  So, lesson learned, read them in order. 

He enjoyed the Christian motif throughout.  It was more apparent to him in book three than it had been in book one.  He did note he wished they’d just say Jesus instead of calling him “The Companion”, but I think that’s just an eleven year old wanting transparency over subtlety.
What I appreciate most, beyond the intricate storyline, is the presentation.  Having a book that melds text and graphic novel makes for a fun and engaging journey for young readers.  The graphic novel parts are beautifully illustrated and really create a picture in the mind of the reader.  The textual sections build an exciting story that makes the reader love the protagonists and desire for their success. 

Yes, I’ll be buying book two, and, for that matter, any others in the series.  These books have it all for the young Christian reader.  A strong story, beautiful illustration, and a message about morality and Christianity that is subtle and not preachy.  I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to review.
*** I received this book free of charge from Tyndale for my honest review.

1 comment:

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