I know Christian publishers are always looking for new ways to make the Bible relevant and hip and totally awesome for children… but Wacky Bible Gross Outs from Zonderkidz makes me think they’ve jumped the shark:
On the surface, the whole “Let’s talk about gross stuff in the Bible” doesn’t sound too bad… but just look at how they’re marketing this thing:
1) It’s a Fact
Actually, this book is part of a series of books under that banner… and all of them are rooted in fiction.
2) Completely 100% Historically Accurate
See above. They’re really desperate to convince you this stuff is true, aren’t they…? It would’ve been more honest if they just said “Completely 100% in the Bible!”
3) In the book description:
Astound your friends and maybe even inspire someone to pick up the Bible and explore these facts for themselves.
Ahh… so there’s the reason this book exists. It’s a stepping stone to getting kids to read the Bible. Because kids love things that are disgusting. Therefore, God. Okay, I fail to see the logic. But it can’t be good when the same marketing ploy they’re using to get kids to read the Bible could easily be used by a scientist to get kids to dissect bugs instead.
4) In the book description:
Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Seriously, they’re including a list of which Common Core Standards are met through this book. The same Common Core Standards that right-wing conservatives have been attacking for years now. Can’t wait to see Glenn Beck go after Zondervan for caving in to the progressives!
5) The book’s description says it’s geared toward kids ages 11-14. Which seems a little high. Having worked with them for years, I don’t know many high school freshmen still get a kick out of “gross” things that are “Barf-Worthy.” Because I assure you, by that age, they’ve seen far worse online.
The book will be released on March 25. I may have to get a copy just to see how this all plays out…