Review of “When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is a beautifully illustrated book that inspires children to be themselves, and to be genuine and true to who God created them to be. The poetic writings and vibrant colors bring each and every page to life, inspiring children to be true to their creative nature and whatever talents lies within each of them. It assures children that each and every one of them was made unique and special, and are loved for who they are.
Matthew Paul starts the book out describing how God created each and every aspect of our being, from our hair, to our toes, to even our name. It helps them to understand that who they are now was planned from the beginning. What I rather enjoyed next was how they included the diverse culture of us all, how God made people of all different cultures, and races, from all different places. It goes on to encourage us to view each other as sisters and brothers, and to live by the words: love one another. I feel like we’re in a time and place when children need that encouragement to love one another regardless of our differences, be it physical, mental, or characteristic, and to remember that we were all created in God’s image.
As an artist, I’m always drawn to the illustrations almost immediately, sometimes before I even read the first page. The cover of this book definitely caught my attention, I found it beautifully done. David Catrow’s illustrations in this book start off simple, playful, and fun. I loved how part-way through the book they turn vibrant and exciting. The complexity of the colors, shapes, and designs used toward the end of this book will help awaken the imagination of young readers. Overall, it was a very adorable story, and I loved the message behind it.
-I received this book for free through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and given in honest.