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.
This 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:
And 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.
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.