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HOOKED ON THE BOOK, Patrick's Adventures through the Books of the Bible

Author: Liz Hagler and Jack Hagler

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Publisher: Morgan James Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The authors used a narrative approach following Patrick, the central character, as he explores the Bible’s main ideas with the assistance of Moses, who acts as his guide. Divided into seven chapters, the book uses cartoon illustrations to hold the reader’s attention. At over 90 pages this is a lengthy volume but, of course, there’s a lot to cover too. This is a rhyming picture book exploration of the Bible.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: A friend’s daughter liked the book and its format. I’m not sure, though, if she would read it on her own or just did so because she was asked.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the format and the approach the authors used. The art is excellent and the focus on “main ideas” is good for young children.

Pros: This is an excellent way to introduce and explore the Bible with children.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This would be an excellent text for a Bible Study class for children.


Educational Themes: With seven chapters and Bible characters as Patrick's guides, there is a lot to explore about the Bible and the history of Christianity.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, Christian, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2012

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at and


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