When I first saw Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book, the first thing I thought of was the ‘Where’s Waldo?’ books from my childhood. While the ‘Where’s Waldo?’ books were a lot of fun, they didn’t have much in the way of educational value. For the most part you looked for Waldo in a scene and that’s about it. While the basic premise is the same, Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book has far more to offer.
Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book has seventeen different puzzles, nine from the Old Testament and eight from the New Testament. Each puzzle focuses on a scene from a well-known biblical story (Noah, the good herdsman, Slaves in Egypt, A census in Bethlehem, etc.). In the upper left-hand corner of each scene, you’ll find the related Bible passages, approximate date (BCE & CE), and 1-2 paragraphs setting the stage for the scene in the puzzle. Around the border of each puzzle there are between 15-20 images to locate in the scene. A brief caption next to each image tells you how many to find in the scene and gives additional context about the image for the scene/story. To get an idea of what this all looks like in the book, take a look at the sample pages here: LINK. If for some reason one of the puzzles proves too elusive, you can find the remaining images using the keys found at the end of the book.
Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book is one of the better Christian puzzle books I’ve seen over the past few years. I would recommend using it as a springboard for deeper discussion about the Bible passages that relate to each scene. If you have children or grandchildren ages 5-9, I’d recommend adding Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book to your Christmas list.
My overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
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This product was provided by Lion Books (Kregel Publications) for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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