Friday, December 13, 2013

Veggie Tales "Knights, Vikings, and a Battle of the Bands" Review

Knights, Vikings, and a Battle of the Bands is an ‘I Can Read’ Level 1 (beginning reading) book from Zonderkidz. It’s a 3-in-1 hardback book with three tales about the many vegetables of VeggieTales.

The first story is Princess Petunia and the Good Knight, and it is a lesson in showing love towards others and putting them first.

All of the Veggies are excited for the Great Pie Games to begin! As knight after knight steps forward to show off his skill, Princess Petunia keeps noticing one particular knight who always puts others first. When it comes time for Princess Petunia to pick a winner of the Great Pie Games, who will she choose?

This story is reminiscent of the VeggieTales video Duke and the Great Pie War, but it is not the same storyline. I actually like the story and message in this book better. It’s an easy-to-read story for beginning readers that emphasizes loving others over being the winner of a game. The illustrations are vivid, and the names of the Knights are just hilarious.

The second story in this 3-in-1 is What’s Up with Lyle? This story features Junior Asparagus as Lyle in a lesson about using your gifts.

All Vikings are the same, right? They are mean and spend their time plundering and sailing around in big ships. But not Lyle – he likes to knit! The other Vikings laugh at Lyle and his knitting, but when things go terribly wrong with the Vikings’ ship, will Lyle be able to save the day?

Also reminiscent of a VeggieTales video – Lyle the Kindly Viking – this story is once again easy to read and has a good message. The message in this one does not come across as well as the one in Princess Petunia and the Good Knight, but it is still good. Lyle must decide if he will use his gift of knitting to help the Vikings who were mean to him. The illustrations in this one convey the story exceptionally well.

The final story in this compilation is Junior Battles to Be His Best. It is a lesson in having confidence to do your very best.

Junior Asparagus loves to play the tuba, but when his family and friends encourage him to join the upcoming Battle of the Bands, he says, “No way!” Junior must learn that God can give him the confidence he needs to perform in front of others and do his very best.

I can’t think of a VeggieTale video that this story reminds me of, but it is still a good story. The illustrations seem a little bit flatter in this one, but they are still cute and get the essence of the story across. My four-year-old daughter says that she likes this story about Junior and the battles of the bands the best out of all of the ones in this book. She likes that Junior plays the tuba. The message in this one is good – to work hard and ask God to help you do the best than you can in any situation.

We love the VeggieTales characters, and these three stories are really good. The words and sentences are simple and easy to read for beginning readers, and the stories teach lessons while still being entertaining.
I will give Knights, Vikings, and a Battle of the Bands ... 4.5 BookWorms.

Knights, Vikings, and a Battle of the Bands
by Karen Poth
Publication date: September 24, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zonderkidz. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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