Friday, March 03, 2017

Meeting Moses by Robert Chastin Review #MeetingMoses

Need a great gift for the Easter basket? #MeetingMoses is a children's story with time machines & Bible characters. http://ow.ly/a6Yt309inYI
Details
Hardcover picture book - 40 pages (8”x10”)
eBook is designed for all tablets and mobile devices

Written by Robert Chasin
Illustrated by Matt Roussel
Editor: Annie Zhang
Meeting Bible Heroes Publishing
ISBN# 978-1-68418-165-0 (Printed Book)

About Meeting Moses 
Meeting Moses eBook Release Date: March 1, 2017
Meeting Moses Picture Book Release Date: March 1, 2017 - Taking Orders. Shipping begins March 17, 2017
Details
Hardcover picture book - 40 pages (8”x10”)
eBook is designed for all tablets and mobile devices

Written by Robert Chasin
Illustrated by Matt Roussel
Editor: Annie Zhang
Meeting Bible Heroes Publishing
ISBN# 978-1-68418-165-0 (Printed Book)
Synopsis
It’s an honest mistake when Max gets to use his father’s time traveling machine to visit ancient Egypt and meet his favorite Bible hero. Told from a children’s point of view, Max gets to have an amazing adventure with Moses, whom he first meets as a child. At the same time, he also meets a young, antagonistic Ramses, the future Pharaoh of Egypt.
Max is invited to the Egyptian palace by the Princess, where he meets Ramses’ father, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Max’s modern day appearance and his behavior seems strange to the Pharaoh, but Max is given permission to stay. While playing in the courtyard, Max takes out his futuristic Mega-Pod and reveals to young Moses his true Jewish identity and his life’s destiny. Just as Moses starts to figure things out, Ramses grabs the Mega-Pod and learns that he is going to be the next ruler of Egypt. Believing that Max possesses evil magic, Ramses commands the guards to take Max to jail.         
                 
While Ramses is trying to figure out in vain how to use the time traveling machine for his own advantage, Moses finds and frees Max from jail. Later that night they find the time traveling machine, and together they travel to Mt. Sinai, where they meet a much older Moses who is talking to God in front of the burning bush. Fast forward, and they are witnessing God inscribed the Ten Commandments into the Mt. Sinai mountain. The boys also get to see the older Moses as he descends from the Mt. Sinai to witness the Jewish people in the desert worshiping a golden calf. After Moses destroys the sacred Ten Commandments and is about to destroy the golden calf, the boys decide that this would be a good time to leave.
Back at the Egyptian palace, Moses is ecstatic that God talks to him. They soon enter Pharaoh’s court, where he is viewing Max’s Mega-Pod. The Pharaoh learns of the Ten Plagues that will devastate his Egyptian people, and then views Moses parting the Red Sea. He wants to know how Moses could perform such a miracle. A much wiser young Moses responds that you just need to have faith.
When Pharaoh demands that the time traveling machine be brought to him so that Max can help change the future of the Egyptians, young Moses suggests that it might be easier if Pharaoh just changes the way that he thinks. Max gets into the time traveling machine and takes advantage of the opportunity to escape.
Max recognizes that things have gotten a little strange since he arrived in Egypt, so he pushes the rewind button, and it’s working. It’s like he was never there. Arriving home, his mother was so worried. His wants to hear about Max’s travels, but he also decides to punish Max. It is however Max’s birthday, so Max runs back to the time traveling machine and pushes the rewind button again. Now it’s like nothing ever happened, and at the dinner table, Max’s family sings “Happy birthday, dear Max”. Before going to bed, Max writes down in his journal about meeting Moses, and wonders what other Bible heroes would he like to meet.


I received a complimentary copy.


Cassandra's Review- The book mixes new technology and the past to create a story that young readers can both learn as well as enjoy.  The illustrations look more computer generated. There is not really a message in the story but it introduces a short edited version of Moses from the Bible and I think it was a smart choice because most kids like a quick read.  


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