I love to read. It’s my escape from the chaos of our home. Riley also loves to read and she reads fast. It’s quite a different scene when she is reading though. She walks with a book, dances while reading, hangs upside down on couches, lays on the floor rolling around all the while staying focused on the book. It’s really quite a sight to watch if you get the chance. I never seem to be able to catch her long enough to video it to share. Luckily, Barbour Publishing sent us Imagine…The Great Flood by Matt Koceich for Riley to read while she was in between library visits.
The story starts in modern day with Corey and his family facing a large move. The family needs to move Texas to Florida which is a big move for adults but a huge move for kids. Corey is struggling with the decision because he doesn’t want to leave his home and friends. Corey’s mom takes him for a walk with their dog to discuss some of the fears Corey has.
During the walk, the dog escapes and Corey chases after it. During the chase, Corey trips and is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, there are two lions standing over him! He quickly realizes he is not in Texas anymore. Shem, one of Noah’s sons finds Corey and takes him with him back to the ark. There Corey continues to help gather animals all while the Nephilim and a wizard named Elizar are trying to stop Noah. The story ends with Corey waking up just before the ark is sealed. He has learned lessons on trusting the Lord and comes to the realization that God is always with him.
Our Imagine Experience
Here are Riley’s thoughts on Imagine…The Great Flood. “I feel like it was a pretty fun book. I liked it when Corey was trapped by the Nephilim in the cave. The animals helped him and I could actually imagine that part. I would love to have a staff like Shem had and be able to communicate with animals.
“I feel like it was a pretty fun book. I liked it when Corey was trapped by the Nephilim in the cave. The animals helped him and I could actually imagine that part. I would love to have a staff like Shem had and be able to communicate with animals. I liked that the book taught us that if we lose faith in Heavenly Father we should pray and look for ways that he helps us in our life. I’m interested in reading the next book when it comes out.”
With a little questioning, Riley went on to say that she could see the parallels between this book and the adventures Corey had and our life with pediatric stroke, brain cancer, and other things. She said, “Sometimes I wonder why Heavenly Father would give our family so many things to deal with and it makes me lose faith but then I remember to pray and ask for help having faith.”
I read through the book after Riley finished it. I felt like the action levels and the book and the word choices were appropriate for the recommended ages. If you have a strong reader like Riley then a younger child could read this with a little help. Mr. Koceich did what I hoped for in getting Riley to see that trials can help us grow and that even when we feel alone, we aren’t.
As far as the storyline goes there are some deviations from the Bible with the character Elizar. He is almost wizard-like in his description. That’s completely fine with me as this is a fictional story. I felt like the author Matt Koceich did a good job with literary license and not getting too crazy with it. You want a story for kids to stick with them and for most kids, that age Bible stories need a little adaptation to make them seem more real.
Overall, I can recommend this book for those interested in Biblical fiction stories for their kids. I don’t think you or they will be disappointed in this book.
Be sure and see what the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew had to say about their experiences reading Imagine…The Great Flood by Matt Koceich. Be sure and keep an eye out for the next volume in the series Imagine…The Ten Plagues coming in the spring of 2018.