Bible Stories Kids Will Want to Read!
It’s like Dr. Seuss Meets the Bible. . .
Uhrichsville, OH – If your kids love Dr. Seuss, they’re sure to enjoy My Big Book of Bible Stories. From award-winning author, Phil A. Smouse, this collection of 17 bible stories is set for release in October 2011.
Here are 17 great Bible stories, featuring hilarious rhyming and fun illustrations, for preschoolers through early readers. Brand-new from author and illustrator Phil A. Smouse, winner of the Retailer’s Choice Award for his book Jesus Wants All of Me, My Big Book of Bible Stories includes clever retellings of key scriptures, from Creation, Adam and Eve, and Jonah through the New Testament stories of the Good Samaritan, Jesus and Nicodemus, and Peter. My Big Book of Bible Stories is perfect for reading to younger children, while early readers will enjoy working through the brightly-colored pages all by themselves.
You can read them in a box,
or when you’re putting on your socks,
or in the dark, or in the rain,
inside a car, or on a plane,
up in your bed, or on a chair—
Yes, you can read them anywhere!
My Big Book of Bible Stories by Phil A. Smouse / October 2011 / $14.99 / 256 Pages / Paperback
Meet the Author:
Phil Smouse has written and illustrated numerous books for children, including Jesus Wants All of Me, an award-winning adaptation of My Utmost for his Highest. But, he says, “Despite my best efforts to fabricate an impressive résumé, other than the books, etc., I’m just Daddy.” Phil and his wife have two children and live in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
Q: You write and illustrate each story yourself. How did you choose which stories to include in My Big Book of Bible Stories?
A: I did my best to balance everyone’s favorite Bible stories with a few, like The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, that carry an important message but aren’t heard every day.
We originally planned for an even bigger Big Book, with twenty-five Bible stories. So a few favorites, such as Noah’s Ark, will be coming in Volume 2.
Q: How long did it take you to illustrate each story?
A: Not long! Tight deadlines force me to work very quickly. When A Jonah Day was first published back in 1994, it took me about three months to complete the illustrations for that single-story, thirty-two page book.
I illustrated all seventeen stories for My Big Book of Bible Stories in just over six months—while I was writing and illustrating a Bible dictionary! That amount of work would have taken almost four and a half years on my original schedule. No wonder I’m so tired!
Q: How do you go about drawing the illustrations for the book?
A: Like most things these days, my current method is a hodge-podge of traditional techniques combined with a heaping-helping of high-tech, computerized, digital mumbo-jumbo, fueled by a constant supply of very strong coffee.
I start by doing a quick pencil sketch onto a template page with all the text in place. I’ll work on the sketch until everything looks right. Then I transfer the finished pencil drawing onto a light-table and ink it onto two-ply Bristol board. Old school all the way!
The inked black and white line-art images—like the pages of a coloring book—are then scanned into the computer and prepared for color.
I do most of my “painting” on the computer, combining basic digital color with a collage of painted textures, similar to the way Eric Carle does his beautiful books for children.
Q: Which stories were your favorite to write and why?
A: That’s a tough question!
Ruthie has been the “stone in my shoe” that the Lord—and my readers!—used to motivate me to bring these stories back to life. She’s certainly been the favorite of many folks over the years. But if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Jonah.
The Lord used my daughter, one very special bedtime story, and Jonah to change the course of my life forever.
Q: Each story in My Big Book of Bible Stories rhymes. Why do you think rhyming stories are helpful to children?
A: When my daughter was learning to read, some of the first books we picked up were the classic Dr. Seuss stories I read as a child.
As we sat down to read those wonderful books, I was amazed to realize that, even though I hadn’t heard those stories for over thirty years, I knew almost every word! At that moment, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “What if it was My Word you remembered so well?”
I never had any intention of writing for children before that moment. But God is good. And after almost twenty years of this wonderful work, I’m beginning to think He just might have “known the plans He had for me” after all.
Q: How do you think parents and children alike can benefit from My Big Book of Bible Stories?
A: I’ve always felt the very best thing about a picture book is the little island of peace it creates in the midst of a hectic, and often crazy day.
In our home, story time was just about the only time we could get our kids to slow down, snuggle-up, and enjoy a few quiet moments together.
My sincere hope is that my books will help families find that same little island of peace, and that they, too, might have that wonderful moment when they realize that God’s word—planted in the good ground of a willing heart—has taken root and grown into something beautiful.