Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 75

Picture Book: Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit

Author & Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen

Summary: The main character of this picture book in verse is Randy Riley who loves 3 things: space, robots, and baseball. He’s no good at hitting baseballs, but his search of the night sky warns him of a large fireball plummeting to Earth, to his town no less. He tells his parents. When they don't respond, Randy's determination is unwavering. He has just enough time to perform his calculations and build a giant robot that, you guessed it, swings and doesn’t miss. The fireball leaves the Earth’s atmosphere, and Randy is the hero.

Hanna’s Comments: This is such a fun picture book! The poetic verse is delightful, and the illustrations of 1960’s America are hilarious. Kids will love it so much that it will be easy to sneak in meaningful connections with scriptural subjects such as giftedness, heroism, or even prophets.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Candlewick Press, 2012

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Amateur videos on Youtube

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, acceptance, action, America, body of Christ, bravery/courage, call/calling/vocation, confidence, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, gifts/giftedness/talents, heroes, hope, individuality/uniqueness, intercession, labor/work, mission, moon/space/stars/sun, passion, preparation/preparing, problems/problem solving, prophesy/prophets, purpose, risking, sacrifice, savior/saving, servant hood/service/serving, sports/sports stars, wisdom

Scripture Connections: Book of Jeremiah

Idea(s) for Application: as part of a children’s lesson on the prophet Jeremiah

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