At the Register: Maite Roche is a treasure

At the Register: Maite Roche is a treasure July 10, 2014



As a writer with children, I receive lots and lots of Catholic children’s books, and nearly every time, I regretfully decline to review them, because I cannot deal with the way Mary and Jesus’ faces are drawn. The best of them are blank and insipid, giving the impression that the Holy Family was dabbled in narcotics; and the worst are goony and pandering. Take it from me: transferring Spongebob’s features onto a human body and slapping a halo on his head is not, in fact, the best way to attract little children to the Faith.

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  • Saoirsephoto

    That’s so true!!! I keep going on rants about the illustrations of one book we got for our daughter, I can’t help it, the snark is strong with us. I don’t remember the author, but we were given a beautifully illustrated one about St. Francis, it made me so excited!

  • Jess fayette

    I can’t seem to purchase religious children’s books for this reason. If anyone has solid leads on religious books with great illustrations, I am all ears! I bought the children’s book that Frank McCourt wrote years before I had children purely because it was drawn so beautifully!

    • Anna

      We love “Angela and the Baby Jesus” too!
      Board book: “Baby, Come to Church” by Virginia Esquinaldo.
      Picture book for the younger set: “It’s Great to be Catholic.”
      “Our Lady of Guadalupe” by Francisco Serrano is a *gorgeous* pop-up book.
      “Saints Tell Their Stories” by Patricia Mitchell is simply, but nicely, illustrated.
      “My Path to Heaven” has elaborate black-and-white illustrations by Caryll Houselander. Mine aren’t in the age range for the reading part of it yet, but the drawings keep them interested for a long time which is the main point of the book: meditation through the illustrations.