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||Larryboy Versus the Volcano, Larryboy Books #9
By Doug Peterson / Zonderkidz
Larryboy and his superhero buddies are invited to Superhero Island, and they are in for a surprise of volcanic proportions! Trouble erupts when Larryboy discovers he's a second-class citizen because he doesn't have "super" powers like his buddies.
Bumblyburg's newest supervillain, Chili Pepper and his henchman Coconut, are cooking up a plot to destroy all superheroes. Will Larryboy help after his vacation is ruined and his friends treat him poorly? Kids will enjoy the adventure of finding out as Larryboy tumbles into a secret hideaway and uncovers Chili Pepper's tourist trap. But is it too late when the volcano explodes? Will Larryboy save himself or will he save the day before the island is covered in hot, molten chili? How will Larryboy learn that everyone is important in God's eyes, even after being excluded from his friends? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
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||The Manga Bible
By Siku, illus. / Doubleday
Acclaimed British artist Siku turns his pen towards the Bible, taking up the task of a full presentation of the story of the Bible. Using the modern British style of art that is very reminiscent to manga, Siku covers many high points - and low points - of the Old Testament in narrative form while letting a few shorter parts (Ruth, Jonah, and Psalm 18) punctuate the general flow. The New Testament focuses heavily on the Gospels (with 4 one-page parables) before a giving a treatment of the Acts of the Apostles, with some accompanying text from the epistles. A brief version of Revelation concludes the book.
The stated intention of The Manga Bible is to inspire the reader to study the actual Bible texts, and to help in this mission non-invasive boxes on many pages point the reader to Bible verses where the full story can be found. Many modern elements are used, such as slang, stylized visuals and humor, to shift emphasis off of the non-nuanced scriptural dialogue. This version of The Manga Bible also contains commentary on key scenes, a sketch gallery and an article on the importance of scripture.
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||Redwall: The Graphic Novel
By Brian Jacques & Bret Blevins / Penguin Putnam Inc.
Matthias wishes to be more strong and courageous like how the legends speak of Martin, the warrior mouse who gave the mice of Redwall Abbey their true vocation, but peaceful times do not require such martial skills. Home to a peace-loving order of mice (and one faithful badger), Redwall falls under siege from Cluny the Scourge and his band of bloodthirsty rats, weasels, foxes and the like. With the situation so dire, and the attackers so ruthless, the Abbey is a dangerous place to be, but Matthias discovers what seems to be his destiny - a destiny seemingly linked with Martin himself! But he has a long way to go before that destiny is realized.
While the Abbey's defenses are challenged from both inside and outside the walls, Matthias starts his search for the military items that Martin used during his campaigns. Journeying both far from the Abbey as well as in its deepest recesses, Matthias encounters friends of the mice, enemies of Cluny, and other hazards that Matthias might be able to turn against the foe, but he must survive them first. Deeds of treachery and of valor cover the pages of this, the first book in the Redwall epic.
Veteran illustrator Bret Blevins adds a visual dimension to Jacques' story, filling each panel with idyllic landscapes, uncluttered but chaotic war scenes, and faithful representations of both the major and minor players in the drama. The characters and scenes, drawn vividly in black-and-white and utilizing pencil shading, are reminiscent of Grahame's or Potter's universes of anthropomorphized animals, although the story matter is for a decidedly older audience. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
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||Sunday Snickers with CD-ROM
By Dick Hafer / New Leaf Publishing Group
Whether you chuckle or guffaw, comic-strip virtuoso Hafer's zany, good-natured cartoons are sure to tickle your funny bone! Lampooning everything from Catholics to Pentecostals, this best-of-the-best collection captures all that is right "under the steeple"---and those things that "need improvement." A great resource for bulletins, newsletters, and websites. Includes CD-ROM with 300 cartoons. 176 pages, softcover from New Leaf.
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||Bibleman Genesis: Defeating the Shadow of Doubt / The Incredible Force of Joy, DVD
By B&H Books
Miles Peterson seemed to have it all. Then, reaching his darkest hour, he found himself transformed by a single Book and empowered by God’s strength. Peterson now combats evil in the name of God as Bibleman. Now available from B&H Publishing Group, each DVD in the Bibleman Genesis series features two episodes that will teach children ages (4 to 8) clearly Bible-based values and virtues.
Defeating the Shadow of Doubt - While under the spell of the sinister Shadow of Doubt, Kayla begins to doubt God’s interest in her problems. And when Bibleman and his trusted friend Coats come to her aid, the cunning Shadow targets Bibleman as his next victim. Both Bibleman and Kayla learn a lesson in relying on the truths in God’s Word.
The Incredible Force Of Joy - The mischief-making Master of Misery is determined to overcome the world-all he needs is power. What better time than the Science Fair to obtain that power? When the Master of Misery steals the joy from a gifted science student, Michael, even Bibleman is affected. But with Coats and the spunky computer, U.N.I.C.E., by his side, Bibleman discovers what to do when things don’t seem to go right, and proves that the greatest power is God: the source of our incredible force of joy.
Two complete episodes, One DVD. Approx. 90 minutes.
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||The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin in America
By Hergé / Hachette Book Group, Usa
Whether he's trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world in Tintin in America.
Tintin visits America for the first time and runs into notorious gangster Al Capone and travels to the Wild West in this exciting adventure.Recommended for ages 9 and up.
Georges Rémi was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1907. He became interested in art at a young age and began drawing. In 1924 he began signing his drawings with the name Hergé, which stood for the French pronunciation of his initials R.G. After serving in the military, Hergé began working at a children's weekly magazine where Tintin and Snowy first appeared. Eventually these characters became the stars of a series of popular books published throughout the world. Hergé died in 1983.
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Books About Comics
||Holy Superheroes!: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film (Revised and Expanded Edition)
By Greg Garrett / Westminster / John Knox
Since ancient history, humans have created stories in an attempt to better understand the world around them. Thousands of years ago it was Zeus and Hercules. Now it's Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. In Holy Superheroes! (updated and expanded to include many recent comics and movies) you will discover how comic books - and the Hollywood adaptations they inspire - can influence our understanding of Good versus Evil, personal sacrifice, duty, and faith.
Comic books have become a twenty-first century mythology. In this book Pulitzer Prize nominated author Greg Garrett explores this mythology and extracts the profound truths that are revealed in the glossy pages, superhuman characters and fast-paced action. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the media discussed and/or suggested as recommended reading contain extremely graphic depictions of violence, brutality, sexual situations, profanity and blasphemy. These issues are neither displayed nor discussed at length in the text.
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Redemption Card Game
||Redemption: Angel Wars Booster Pack
By Cactus Game Design
The Angel Wars Expansion Set introduces 150 new characters, attributes, and artifacts from the Bible to strengthen, enhance, and bring more excitement to your Redemption game. This booster pack has 10 Limited Edition cards that are common, uncommon, and rare.
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