Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Attack at the Arena by Paul McCusker and Marianne Hering

Attack at the Arena proved to have the same kind of action we have come to enjoy from the Adventures in Odyssey radio program.  This book is a great step back into history which would be exciting for both boys and girls to read.  Patrick and Beth step into the imagination and step out into an era when it was acceptable to watch people be killed in the arena merely for sport.  Maybe I'm the only one, but that seemed like kind of a heavy topic to cover considering this is a book for probably a 3rd grader (or somewhere close to that).  Anyway it had a simple to follow plot with short chapters and just enough illustrations to make this book an easy read.

However I must admit I was a bit disappointed.  I was hoping to find that the book would teach character building Biblical principles along with the fast-paced storyline.  I kind of felt like it was an afterthought at the end of the book when Mr. Whitaker kind of tied up all the loose strings.  I will give it the benefit of the doubt and admit that this is the only book in the series I have reviewed.  Perhaps other books are better in the series and I am definitely going to take a look at more.

In all I would definitely recommend this book keeping in mind that it is mainly just a fun and action-filled story.  Don't expect your child to get much in the way of reinforcement of basic Biblical principles.
4 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.