Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace by Andy Addis

I received a free copy of this book from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for an honest review.

Blotch: A Tale of Forgiveness and Grace is such a cute book! It’s a chapter book for children about, well, forgiveness and grace. All the people in Blotch’s kingdom have stains all over their skin. They get a new one every time they do something wrong. Blotch wants to know if there is any way to get rid of this stains so he goes on a journey to find the answer.

On his trek, he comes upon a town of hiders, a town of pretenders, and a town of pointers. One part of the story sums it up nicely: “I found some people who covered up their stains only to have them revealed. I found others who pretended they had no stains, but on the inside they knew. And I found a group who tried to blame everyone else for their own stains.” In the end, he finds the king who takes away Blotch’s stains by taking them on himself. And at the very end, the king is again spot free!

If you’re a Christian, this story will make complete sense to you. It’s all about sin and how we deal with sin. More importantly, how we are cleansed from the sin, from sin, or in this story, the stain.

If the story alone weren’t cute enough, it has great pictures! I love how they were done, especially the colors. The pictures weren’t completely colored in; some parts of it were left white and it made an awesome effect.

Another great part of the book is the part for parents. There’s a little note in the beginning advising parents how to use this book with their children. You read a chapter a night (there are five chapters total) and there are some great questions in the back to go over with your children. Plus, for each chapter’s questions there’s a little activity to do with your children. For example, in chapter one’s questions, you can explain sin to your children by telling them that sin is missing the target of what God has for us. Then they say you can demonstrate this with a little game where you throw paper balls into a trash can and yell “Hit!” when anyone makes one or “miss” when anyone misses.

I don’t have any kids myself to read this to, but I have some nieces and nephews I want to read this to. I definitely recommend this book. The only thing is that I would tell the kids that it’s not okay to go with strangers as Blotch is constantly doing. Besides that, great book.


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