Book Review: Rockie Rock-A-Teller On Preparing for the Loudy-Cloudy-Typhooner-Kaboomer

rockieWe were sent the following book for review purposes. All thoughts expressed are our own.

Our family loves to read.  I love that my kids enjoy it so much; it’s great for their minds and a far better way to spend time than many other activities they could (and sometimes would rather) be doing instead. While they enjoy books of all kinds, I always appreciate when they read books with a good moral lesson or books on scripture.  Unfortunately, it can be hard to find books of that sort written in a way that appeals to children.

A few years ago (how has it been that long already?!) we were thrilled to be able to review a christian children’s book called “Smoothie Rock-A-Teller on the Whopper Story“, a book which tells the story of David and Goliath but from the perspective of the rock that David used to slay Goliath with.  We all LOVE the book (it was so good it even brought me to tears!), so you can imagine our excitement when Dr Mittmann- author of these amazing books- asked if we would review the next book in the series, “Rockie Rock-A-Teller, On Preparing For the Loudy-Cloudy-Typhooner-Kaboomer”.

Each of the Rock-A-Teller books are devotional books for kids written from the perspective of “Biblical rocks”.  As stated, the first was about David and Goliath, written from the perspective of the rock that David used to slay Goliath with.  This new book tells the story of the Wise Man (who built his house upon The Rock) and the Foolish Man (who built his house upon the sand), and in this story we hear from Rockie (the rock) and the Dinky-Tellers (the sand). It tells one of the most important things we need to know in life: Where to build our house.  This is not about building just any kind of house, however; this is about building a house for the soul.

This parable told by Jesus can be confusing in and of itself but especially to children, but Dr Mittmann did a great job of telling it in a way that makes complete sense (and even helped me to think more on the subject and better understand it as well).  This book is split up into 5 chapters, each meant to be read over 5 days (one chapter a day).  At the end of each chapter there are review questions as well as a prayer suggestion relating to that chapter.

review questionsThis was good, as it got my children thinking more about the morals of the story.  I was pleased to see how much they were understanding and really soaking up the story and the important things to remember. 

Of course the illustrations were fun too; always a bonus if you want the kids to be interested in what you’re reading.  Here are a couple of their favorites:

fun illustrationIllustrationAnd like the first book, this one has silly words for every day objects.  For instance, my kids’ favorite was this one: Rockie tells us about the “blue-belly-buggie-bakers” who often crawl on him (if you could have heard the giggles when I read that part!).  Can you guess what a blue-belly-buggie-baker is?  A lizard, of course!

Some call them “lizards”.  But what kind of a name is that? “Lizard?” Nope. Blue-belly-buggie-bakers are what they are. They have blue bellies, they eat bugs, and they love to bake on warm rocks like me.

My kids range in age from 3-10, and they all enjoyed reading this.  They were each able to tell me very important things about the story and what they learned- the main and most important detail to them being to follow the instructions God gives and you will be eternally blessed by it.  They loved this book almost as much as they loved the first book (it’s hard to compete with David & Goliath), but they so looked forward to reading this book each time and even asked if we could just keep on reading after each chapter rather than waiting until the next day!  We even read it in it’s entirety tonight before bed; a good message to hear right before bed.

reading before bedtime

There’s another kid behind that book… 🙂

Not only do I think these books are fantastic to have at home, I also think they’d make a great teaching tool for Sunday School classes.  Sometimes it can get tedious coming up with new, fun ways to teach important Bible stories and Biblical concepts to kids, but Dr. Mittmann has done a fabulous job of giving them a new, fun spin.  This is book number two in the series of nine- We can’t wait for the others to be released!!!

For information on where to purchase book one and/or book two int he Rock-A-Teller series, plus study guides, information on the author and illustrator, and more, visit the Rock-A-Teller website.

Comments

  1. That picture of you with your littles is the CUTEST! We love reading here too. These sound like great books- the illustrations are awesome!

  2. Sabrina Radke says:

    This is so cute! I love the title, and the “up a nose” I literally laughed out loud! Definitely going to buy this book! My youngest loves reading and I love that he loves it 🙂

  3. Wow.. sounds like a great book and series. I love books that teach a moral. I am going to add this to our book list for sure. I would love to hear about the others in the series.

  4. Sounds like a great book,I would love to be able to read this with my kiddies.I like the picture of you all.

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds like a fun book! I think my six year old would really love it.

  6. What a cute book this would be to read my Grandson when he comes to visit. I always try to have a book for him to take home when he comes.

  7. We read all the time in our house. This looks like a cute book!

  8. That’s very creative to hear the story from a rock’s POV. We’re not ones for religious books in our house.

  9. What a wonderful and creative book. The illustrations are wonderful. I will need to pin this.

  10. What an adorable book! You know me, I’m a sucker for any book. I miss you BTW.

  11. such a cute book. i love collecting kids books

  12. I love reading with my daughters. They seem to enjoy books a lot lately.

  13. This sounds like a great book. I agree, it would be great for Sunday schools!

  14. My son loves reading. The illustrations in this book looks so entertaining. I’m sure he’d love it.

  15. This sounds like a cute book and my girls are the perfect age! We visit the library for new books a lot!

  16. I love books that break out of the mold and aren’t afraid to talk about some of the other things in life. For example, that photo looks like the kid is picking his nose.

  17. This is great. When I was a kid, my takeaway from this parable was that houses built on sand don’t last long. It was only later in life that I realized it was talking about making sure you build your life on a solid foundation.

  18. What a cute idea! I’ll have to look for these books!

  19. This is such a cute concept for a book. I would have loved to have books like this for my kids when they were little. I know they could get pretty antsy during Bible study every night until I started using kids’ devotionals!

  20. That is a fantastic cute book. Love the questions to ponder.

  21. I love the pic of everyone in bed. Looks like a fun read for the family!

  22. OMGosh I love that picture of you guys in the bed! I would LOVE to read the story from the rocks perspective! That sounds interesting!

  23. I think my little boys would love this book! My little one loves bedtime reading time.

  24. The title sure is a tongue twister lol. My grandma was a Sunday School teacher. I bet she would have adored these books for her class!

  25. This sounds like a great book! I love the picture of your little ones reading together!

  26. I love how they make it so relatable! Kids will totally understand it when it’s on their level like this.

  27. I remember how much I used to love reading to my kids when they were little. They are 17 and 12 now and they are not so much into that anymore

  28. I love to read to my son. Thanks for sharing!

  29. This looks like a book my kids would love! Very nice.

  30. What a terrific review! I would love this book for my class. 🙂

  31. What an adorable book. I bet my niece and nephew would love this!

  32. How fun that the old favorites are really being told anew. I like this concept!

  33. This sounds like such a cute book. My nephew would love it!

  34. What a creative story. Definitely a unique point of view. The last picture is so cute. 🙂

  35. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    Sound like cute books. I used to love reading with my kids and was always looking for diffrerent books. Thanks for sharing. The illustrations are cute!

  36. This looks like a great book! I recently began reading Bible stories to my 3-year-old and he loves them. I have to make them a little more age-appropriate though.

  37. What a great story book! I am glad that there are still books out there that share the teachings:)

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