Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible & Holy Bible {Review}

* As a Z BLOG SQUAD member, I received a copy of “Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible & Holy Bible ” for free as a member of Zondervan’s Z BLOG SQUAD *

If you have a child that loves once upon a time type of stories, chances are they’ll be interested in “The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible& Holy Bible”. The main difference with this offering is that these stories as fantastical and miraculous that they sound and seem actually happened! I like that the even on the cover of the book they state so to not confuse children that “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time”.  No fairy Tales here, just the divine wonder and awesomeness of our great God! 

About the Story Book.

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible highlights powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated with fantastical artwork by Omar Aranda. Stories include: Ruth, Abigail, Esther, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, Mary Magdalene, and many more. Each captivating story is told in a way that will get children excited about reading the tales of real heroes of the Bible.

What I Thought…

This book features well-known Bible stories taken from the Old and New Testament of the Bible. Stories are simplified taking up about four pages each with text and pictures. The length is perfect for children ages 4-8 years old, in my opinion. The story length works well for bedtimes and allows the story to be read and discussed without extending bedtime for too long. I would say the story tied with answers to question, further elaboration if needed, and prayer would be around 15 minutes.

Much like the stories children hear or watch, the stories in the Bible are full of adventure, suspense, heroes, and heroines. The illustrations throughout this book mimic those similar to animated cartoon movies.

A few of the stories included are of David & Goliath, Queen Esther, Joseph, Jesus, Daniel, Jonah, Adam & Eve and much more. I like how all the stories end with a key to remember that reads “Happily Ever After” with a message to remember and scripture verse reference in where to find the whole story in the Bible. The final page ends with “The End, and a Beginning” that reminds children that though this book is over, that there are even more incredible stories in the Bible.

I think this is a good choice for reading times for both boys and girls. It’s a perfect segway to read before introducing them to the Bible in series if you so chose to gift it.


About the Bible. 

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened once upon a time. The NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible contains a presentation page and also highlights six great stories from the Bible on 24 full-color inserts. Each story is told on four pages in full-color, illustrated splendor. Also, contains the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible.

Stories include:

God Makes Man and Woman
Isaac and Rebekah
Ruth Finds Happiness
Queen Esther
Mary and Joseph and an Angel
He Lives!

We all have our own tale to live and what better place to look for help and encouragement than the greatest story of all.

My Thoughts…

I feel this Bible is best introduced after reading through the storybook version.  It features six of the same stories found in the storybook. I feel this Bible is a good choice for children just starting to read the Bible on their own so roughly around the age of eight.

In the back of the Bible, there’s a dictionary and a list of 82 Bible stories. The Bible stories list a title and a scri[ture reference in where to find them. It’s a pretty basic Bible but the version of NIrv make it an easy read.  There are no study sections, etc. I think it would be best suited to pick up and read stories from the storybook further when scripture references are given.


Storybook and Bible are available in hardcover and digital formats where books are sold.