Review: Nothing by Natalee Creech

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps this is why picture books continue to draw people in, no matter our age. When we find a book which perfectly blends the magic of illustration with the gift of words, we know we’ve found a keeper. A recent family find, Nothing by Natalee Creech, published through WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, not only fits the bill but is using the medium of picture books to share the Love of God. It doesn’t get much better!

Worthy Publishing Group is an established book company whose mission is, “To help people experience the heart of God.” Of their vast selection of titles, WorthyKids creates vibrant children’s literature including Nothing by Natalee Creech. Together, former teacher turned librarian, Ms. Creech, and talented illustrator, Joseph Cowman, bring to life this beautiful picture book expressing the heart of Romans 8:38-39.

“NOTHING can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: note death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.”

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Nothing is a hardbound, full-color picture book with over thirty pages of beautifully created illustrations. Readers will find this to be a book of highest quality. From the dust jacket to the pages within, Nothing is a well-crafted read. Suggested for children aged four to seven, Ms. Creech’s rhymes are sure to delight and teach the depth of this passage, while Mr. Cowman’s art will draw them in.

I no longer have littles in our home. (There are days I am still coming to terms with this sad fact.) However, a good picture book should always be appreciated, no matter our age! I specifically wished to review Nothing as my husband is an illustrator and the cover of the book immediately caught my attention. I also have the privilege of having little people visit me on a regular basis and having new picture books to share with them is a treat. Nothing was no exception.

Upon receiving our read, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the book. The illustrations were everything I previewed online and more. The cover and dust jacket are simply magnificent. A mix of mat and high gloss layers, with a rich color palette, this book pulls you in and begs to be read. The pages within are well bound, easy to turn, and equally charming to behold. And while the illustrations are worthy of many moments of admiration, the text itself is no less lovely. Through her gift of rhyme, Ms. Creech reminds readers there is nowhere we can go where we are separated from the love of our God. Her ability as a writer, her heart for children, and her love of the Lord shine through wonderfully. Readers could visit this book regularly and never tire.

We mentioned Nothing is suggest for children aged four to seven, but we would slightly disagree. While we find the reading level to be accurate; frankly, we would recommend this read to anyone who has an interest in beautiful picture books and a heart for poetry. Nothing might be intended for the young, but will bless those of any age. Myself and my children, ages ranging from seventeen to twelve, all agree; this is a beautiful book.

From time to time, everyone should be reminded that nothing separates us from the love of Christ. Even us adults. Especially when we are deceived into thinking we are unlovable or our mistakes too big to be forgiven. Nothing is a heartfelt, touching reminder for all of us, from the young to the old, that we are loved beyond anything we could imagine.

If you’d like to learn more about Nothing by Natalee Creech or WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group please visit them at their website and on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!

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Chanterelle Finds a Family

“Once in a cool, wooded forest lived a puppy. She was smart and very curious. She was also proud and stubborn. She did not need help from anybody.”

Book-Review_logoAnd so begins the story of Chanterelle; a smart, yet curious dog. Living alone in the woods, Chanterelle spends her day with friends, Porcupine and the Beaver family. She enjoys her romps through the woods, but each night returns home, alone. Saddened and curious, Chanterelle wonders what it would be like to have her own family. One day, while exploring the woods and looking her for friend, Chanterelle hears the sound of people talking. What follows is a charming story of discovering family.

When Nicole Brierre was assigned to write a childrens book while studying to become an elementary school teacher, she realized that she did not need to look any further for inspiration than her familys trusty canine companion. The project became a true family affair when Brierres brother and his girlfriend joined on as the illustrators of the book Chanterelle Finds a FamilyChanterelle Finds a Family

Brierre recounts the story of how the beloved pet came to join her family, while playfully imagining the puppys life before she was adopted. The dog at the heart of the story is an independent, stubborn puppy who believes she does not need help from any human or animal.

 This was a cute story with quaint illustrations. It would be perfect for animal lovers and younger children. Chanterelle Finds a Family (published by New Generation, RRP $12.99) is currently available and can be ordered online at Amazon.com and from all good bookstores.