Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Children's Book Review: The Not Even Once Club (Wendy Watson Nelson)

The Not Even Once Club is an adorable and appealing way to engage children in a story that will help them choose for themselves to keep the commandments and to never break them. Not even once. Children will meet Tyler, an energetic boy who is excited to make new friends in his Primary class. They have invited Tyler to join their special club, but first he has to pass the test and keep the club promise. With illustrations from bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman, The Not Even Once Club is a fun and engaging way for parents to help teach their children the importance of keeping the commandments. Included in the back of the book are additional teaching helps for parents and leaders.
Title: The Not Even Once Club
Author: Wendy Watson Nelson
Book Type: Children’s Picture Book
ARC Provided by Publisher for Review

About the Author 
Wendy Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology. Prior to her marriage to Elder Russell M. Nelson, she was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years. Sister Nelson has served as a stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, and chaired theBYU Women’s Conference. Currently, she is an institute instructor and visiting teacher. Sister Nelson was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Leonard David and Laura Byrde McLean Watson.

About the Illustrator
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at BrandonDorman.com.

First of all I want to say that I love to read any children's books that have a focus on God. My opinion is that children should grow up knowing the Lord and believing in him and this book does not disappoint. 

It was a very cute book that used everyday situations to show the children in the book the right paths to follow. 

I also was very happy to see that the illustrator used several different cultures and races when creating the characters that are portrayed. It shows that all children are equal and that religion is good for everyone. 

The colors and scenes of the illustrations were beautiful and bright. They captured my attention and I loved turning the pages. 

The author used the children in the book to speak to other children and to encourage them to do the right thing and follow the commandments. All in All this was a beautifully written children's book and beautifully illustrated as well!!

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