Good Brother No

Children - Christian
38 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2022
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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Have you heard about the difficult task that Noah was charged with by God? Whether you have or not, you're in for a special treat. Hot off the press is Good Brother No by Dave Oravec which provides an intriguing twist to the Biblical account of Noah's Ark according to Genesis 6-9. The story takes us on a journey with Noah (aka Good Brother No), describing his relationship with God, building the Ark, taking with him a male and female of every animal species, and the flood that followed. Being an upstanding man of faith, Noah was able to save his family by building the Ark under God's guidance. Your children will follow this famous Bible story while learning several Biblical lessons. These range from what happens when the wickedness of man breaks the Law and incurs God's wrath, to what God's love, compassion, and a covenant involve.

Good Brother No by Dave Oravec is a beautifully written children's book with illustrations by Lucian Gradinariu that help to tell this story in a way that your child will enjoy. I was captivated by how Dave turned several chapters of the Bible into an abridged account of Noah's Ark. The way the book was created offers an easy read for children because of the text flow, pictures, and rhyme. This book will introduce your child to reading, as well as gaining knowledge of Bible stories that embody principles they can use in their daily lives. Get your copy today; you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

AJ Willemse

This evening, I read Dave Oravec’s ‘Good Brother No’, to my children and I’m so glad I did. It is a fantastic retelling of Noah’s Ark and Noah’s spiritual journey as he bravely takes on the monumental task the Lord had asked of him. Oravec focuses on how in an era of evil, Noah faithfully follows the word of God, and lives righteously. I liked how the author explained how the earth was before the flood; it was both age appropriate and simple for children to understand. The illustrations, done by Lucian Gradinariu, were excellent and I appreciated the rainbow theme on many pages of the book – a reminder of God’s promise to us. My children particularly liked one with Noah and a cat – they got a bit of a chuckle out of that.

The book was done in rhyme and my children love it. None of the rhyming words were awkward and the vocabulary was easy for my kids to understand. At one point, they even chanted the words that would come next– “Noah’s Ark!” I work in a Christian School and this is an excellent book for many of the virtues taught throughout the school year (such as patience, peace stewardship). There could be quite a few lessons made from this that could cross into other subjects as well and could make a great introduction to a religious art lesson or craft.
This book would be perfect as a holiday gift or for a baptism or baby shower.