If you know a child or teen who loves Manga or cartoons, The Picture Bible is perfect for them. This Bible is produced by David C. Cook Publishing (1998) under their Faith Kidz imprint. It is designed for children ages 8-12 but can also be enjoyed by teens and adults. Significant stories from the entire Bible are portrayed chronologically from Old Testament to New Testament, in classic cartoon format.

The script is written by Iva Hoth and the illustrations drawn by Andre Le Blanc. The quality of both the words and the pictures is superior and very appealing. It makes the Word of God accessible. The language is contemporary but respectful of the content it represents. The book provides a table of contents, maps, concept explanations (“Did You Know?” pages), and a scripture index. There are three versions of this book: the Deluxe Hardcover, Storybook Hardcover, and Paperback. I recommend the Storybook Hardcover. It is available from Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. There are three other Bibles with the same or similar names and formats. It could be confusing so I have included the ISBN number for The Picture Bible. That number is 0781430550.

My children enjoyed reading this book growing up, and they gave it to both friends and the members of a Sunday school class one of them taught. Some of the boys and girls who received The Picture Bible were so intrigued they could hardly put it down. This 800-page volume makes a wonderful gift for any child.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.