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The Brick Testament by Brendan Powell Smith
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Jan 15, 2012

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Smith is a Christian and a fan of legos – what better way to combine his two passions than using legos to illustrate scenes from the Bible? In this visual re-telling of the story about the birth of Christ, Smith includes a Bible verse on one page (drawn from all four of the Gospels, so it’s a more complete Christmas story than the ever-popular Luke 2 recounting), and a visual of that verse created with legos on the opposite page. An extremely quick read, except you will find yourself staring at each picture and soaking in the details. What I like about the lego pictures is that they are captured by someone with a real photographer’s eye. Some scenes focus on a single figure and blur the foreground; some of the shots show the backsides of the characters rather than framing each scene simply from the front; basically, these illustrations are as much a part of the telling of the story as the verses. Kids will love this book (although there is one illustration of Herod ordering the killing of young boys in Bethlehem from Matt 2:16 that is very graphic), as will fans of legos.

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