As I have stated before, our family loves books. So anytime we get the opportunity to review a new book, we take it. We’ve lots of historical fiction over the years but recently we just finished reading a Biblical fiction for kids book called Imagine. . .The Great Flood by Matt Koceich from Barbour Publishing. This book details the experiences of a young boy named Corey who travels back in time to the days of Noah and the Ark.
This is the first book in a Christian Kids Series by Matt Koceich. Mr. Koceich is a school teacher who created this series with children ages 8 to 12-years-old in mind. However, I can say after reading the book myself, I believe almost anyone of any age would enjoy this book.
`This book begins with Corey Max and his mom taking his dog Molly to a park in Texas to avoid the chaos at their house where a moving truck was being loaded with all their belongings. The family was preparing for a move to Florida. In the typical fashion of a child, Corey does not want to move and leave everything familiar – even though they are moving for his father’s job. Corey’s mom tries to help Corey understand and recognize God will be with them and will care for them wherever they go.
While at the park, a storm comes up quickly with lightning, thunder, and rain. Molly had rushed into the woods, so Corey has to go after her. While running after his dog, he trips over the log and finds his surroundings changing to new ones he did not recognize. Unexpectedly he encounters a lion. He begs for God to show him mercy. The story then chronicles Corey’s encounter with Noah and the Ark, Noah’s sons and getting the animals onto the Ark while dealing with individuals who try to interfere with their plans. The Great Flood is chronicled in a way which made me feel as though I was actually there.
I read this book and then had our 14-year-old daughter read it as well. When I asked her for her opinion of this book, she had definite opinions. She felt the beginning of the book was excellent. However, she felt like the ending was rushed. She thought it was a good book to read. She stated she would have liked to see more details about the motivation of the antagonist. Overall though she thought it would be a good book just to read for fun.
I felt the author did a great job with pulling the reader into the story. I felt like I was actually in the story. I could feel Corey’s pain and frustration over the move to Florida, which he had no control over. I also felt the love and compassion of his mother. I felt Corey’s amazement when he realized he had traveled back in time. I enjoyed reading the details about Noah’s sons gathering the animals and preparing them to get them on the ark. At the same time, I felt Corey’s fear as he encountered the unknown enemies and faced danger. I won’t spoil the story for you, but I will say that Corey returns safely to his own time and finds the move to Florida better than he expected.
This is the first book in the Imagine series, and I personally can not wait to read more. If you want to read more reviews on “Imagine…The Great Flood” by Matt Koceich, click here or on the graphic below.