Disclaimer: The folks at Crossway kindly provided a copy of The Biggest Story for this review. As always, the opinions are my own.
When I first heard about The Biggest Story, I was excited to read through it with our children. The first thing anyone would notice is the beautiful illustration by Don Clark (co-founder of Invisible Creature). This has been great for Charlotte as she has recently been interested in art and illustration. But then you get to the eloquent use of words from Kevin DeYoung (senior pastor and regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition). In DeYoung’s words: “When you write a children’s book you don’t use many words, so you feel much more of the weight of getting them right.” Of course the 132-page book isn’t the Bible but it is one of the most well written summaries of God’s work of redemption for children and adults to engage with.
Conclusion: For us, The Biggest Story is more suitable for all kids with lots of illustration and short text. Children as young as three could follow along really well. We are definitely going to make an effort to build this book into our bedtime routine (we’ve done about half of the book so far). The Jesus Storybook Bible, which many people have, covers many more stories with quite a bit more text.
FYI – You can read the author Kevin DeYoung’s explanation behind the book at The Gospel Coalition.