Review: As You Grow by Kirk Cameron & Brave Books

As You Grow is written by the Kirk Cameron. This fun story with brilliant art teaches the Biblical truths of the Fruit of the Spirit. Follow Sky Tree’s journey from a small acorn to a mighty tree that provides shade, sustenance, and lodging!

As a tool for proselytizing I think that Brave Books missed a trick here! I feel that had the authors tried to be less inspirational & ‘deep’ and focused on the Sky Tree’s growth along with the changing seasons (miracles in themselves) they could have created a story worthy of Juan Moreno’s art, instead they ended up with a product that feels more like book of inspirational quote posters than a coherent story.

Seriously, Moreno’s art calls out to the reader to take their time poring over the pictures, spotting the different creatures and imagining their stories.

Kirk Cameron has had a long career as an actor and speaker but needs more time & perhaps an editor to stand up to him and help him to find his footing as an author.

I don’t know, I think I will have to read the entire saga from Brave Books to properly appreciate what they were trying to do here, but as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown us, you don’t need to rely on the other parts of the series to enjoy the story contained in one part of it.

It would also be interesting to see how this book is handled during a storytime because as a regular storytime provider I think it would be a rather boring story for an audience if it was read without significant ad-libbing to fill in all the blanks.

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