Noah Builds an Ark

illus. by John Rocco. 40p. Candlewick. Mar. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763674847.
PreS-Gr 2—When young Noah notices a large storm heading his way, he begins to prepare an ark for the creatures of his backyard. While the storm rains down, Noah and his family stay safe inside their house, as the animals are nice and cozy in the ark. After four days, the storm passes, and the creatures come out of their shelter and bring life back into Noah's backyard. This is a refreshing new version of an old tale. Banks has created new twists and visuals in the familiar plot, making it simple to understand and intricate in previously unseen details. The pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations by Rocco assist in creating the world of Noah's backyard, bringing the importance of life to the forefront of the tale. Together, the text and images create a detailed tale of life and renewal that is fun to explore and contemplate.
VERDICT A non-religious retelling of Noah's Ark that would be a lovely addition to most picture book shelves.

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