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03 April 2009


The Manga Bible - preview

The Manga Bible. Art and text: Siku. Hodder & Stoughton. 978-0340-910450. £8.99.

The poet laureate was quoted by q-eye (27 February) as regretting that children are no longer told Bible stories
  • The Manga Bible is a bold attempt to fill the gap and I would recommend it to any Meeting with an older children’s group

  • Manga is a cartoon drawing style that began in Japan
  • It has its own vivid and expressive conventions, specially well suited to dramatic action; so the story is told with great energy
  • It runs from Genesis to Revelation
  • Obviously there is not space for everything but it is surprising how much is included, from the Book of Job (though a single page hardly does it justice!) and Psalm 18 to Jesus’ major parables and several of Paul’s epistles
  • Siku is a student of theology and every page carries its biblical reference
  • My grandson liked the artwork, but had doubts about some of the text, which ranges from the biblical (‘There is no unrighteousness in him’) to contemporary slang (Potiphar’s wife to Joseph: ‘Hi, Josie darling
  • Has anyone ever told you that you’d look great in… well, nothing?’)

  • John Lampen

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