Noah: A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy.
God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?
This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuances and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy's world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah's relationship with his family, the natural world, God- and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you'll never read this story in the same way again.
I was skeptical yet excited to receive Noah: A Wordless Picture Book to review, as my 2.5 year old loves to look at pictures in books and I thought I could share this not only with him but with my other 2 children as well. Mark Ludy depicts the Biblical story of Noah in this beautifully illustrated book. According to Amazon.com, it is recommended for ages 2-18.
I will admit that as I looked through it, before I showed it to my children, I was unsure how they were going to react, as the illustrations were nothing like I thought they would be. They were more dark and intense and not as cartoonish as I imagined they would be.
As I "read" it to my children (ages 2.5, 5 and 7) I had a hard time following along the pictures and sharing the Bible story of Noah. I was disappointed in that there was not an emphasis on the taking of 2 of each kind of animal. I did like that Ludy had dinosaurs in the pictures alongside Noah and his family. Some of the pictures were very dark and depressing and in my opinion not age appropriate for younger children. The illustrations are beautifully done, but seem to be geared to an older audience.
That being said, I will be honest that my 2.5 year old and 5 year old lost interest very quickly, and my 7 year old said that the book was just okay, but she liked her Bible better.
This book was provided free by the publisher and Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.