The Mighty Mighty King by Penny Morrison is a delightful rhyming book based on the Christmas story. Penny has suggested actions for the children to do while the story is being read to encourage their engagement and I can see this working well.

Lisa Flanagan has done a great job with the illustrations. They add feeling and depth to the story as well as realism. For example the picture of the wise men’s arrival is depicted in a house not a stable and Jesus is no longer a newborn. This is in line with the Biblical account.

I also like the way the book deals with the purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth and even mentions his death. So often in Christmas books Jesus’ birth gets isolated from his mission.

Overall a terrific book for children.

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