Whenever possible, any children’s book I review is kid-tested. I happen to have two great kids who love books, so this isn’t an idle threat: If they don’t like it, don’t expect a good review. [Drumroll please…]
They loved this book!
Charlie & Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure has just the right balance of great information, interactive components, gorgeous artwork and high adventure that little boys find well-nigh irresistable. The characters are very personable and my kids immediately related to Charlie (the monkey). Trike (a Triceratops with a quiet soul and a head for Bible facts) is more of the straight man to Charlie’s endless misadventures, suspicions and questions. Charlie uses his Green Notebook to try and figure out the Grand Canyon and whether he can trust the Bible.
Why a monkey and a dinosaur? Well, according the Creation Museum’s blogsite:
“We chose to use these charming and imaginative characters (of course, animals don’t talk!) to engage young people to learn that humans did not evolve from a common ape-like ancestor, but were created in the image of God. And Trike? Well, dinosaurs are usually used as a tool to teach the “millions of years” belief, but we’ve taken back dinosaurs at the Creation Museum!”
This is a great read-aloud book and I sincerely hope they publish the next installment of the Green Notebook series soon!
In the meantime, you can see Charlie and Trike down at the Creation Museum as part of their kid-friendly “Knee-High Exhibits.” My kids got to experience the Knee-High exhibits and an animatronic Noah at a recent trip to Answers in Genesis’ state-of-the-art museum; Just like the first book in the Green Notebook Series, it’s inter-active, informative and just plain fun! My boys were thrilled to find Charlie and Trike after just recently reading the book.
Grab a copy of Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure at the DefGen.org eStore and follow it up with a visit to the Creation Museum. You’ll be glad you did!
-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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