Joseph’s Boy by L. R. Hay
Middle grade Biblical Fiction
Review copy provided by the author
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Funny, adventurous and moving kids’-eye take on the first Christmas – aimed at preteens, sneakily enjoyed by adults!
Jamie had BIG dreams. He wanted to be a prince. He wanted his dad to marry a lovely young woman called Mary. He wanted an army of little brothers and sisters who would look up to him and think how clever and important he was.
But at *no point* did he expect one of them to be a long-awaited king, destined to reign forever. Nope. Not part of the plan…
JOSEPH’S BOY is the first of The Young Testament, a fun, accessible series of full-length books on the Jesus story, from the viewpoint of the children and young people involved.
“Joseph’s Boy” is a story about Jamie. Joseph’s hypothetical first son (As the author points out in the beginning, Jesus would have been born first to Mary and Joseph but for this story she had it be that Joseph has Jamie – James – from a pervious marriage so as to have an “eye-witness”, if you will, to the occurrence of Jesus’ birth, but yes in truth, that didn’t happen. I think it would be important to stress this to any children reading). It is a cute story, simply told with Jamie adventerously discovering it all. I did feel that maybe it was a little too light-hearted at times. Yes, we need to keep children entertained, but the account of Jesus is so marvelous, so serious that I feel like to downplay it could be harmful. I would definitely suggest a parent (or older sibling, mentor, etc.) reading this story aloud and to then discuss the real account as they go, so our children grasp the importance of this miraculous event of Jesus’s coming to dwell with us.I did really appreciate the history the author shared at the end, and that she was clear that Jesus’ birth didn’t occure on December 25th. The author is clearly well researched and I was glad of that! It’s rare to find this fact shared. Overall, I enjoyed this read, though as mentioned would recommend someone to read along with the child and share the Biblical account.
Thank you so much to the author for providing a copy of this book for review!