About the Book:
Mysterious footprints in the snow. Vanishing mittens, misplaced eggs. A pink, purple, and orange paisley sleeping bag on the move. Something’s definitely amiss in the chicken coop, and wackiness runs amok on Bash Hinglebobb’s blizzard-blasted farm. While Bash is inventing such contraptions as a snowball catapult from inner tubes and underwear, his cousin Beamer Boxby, a city kid at heart, must help newcomer Lauren Rodriguez figure out why God lets horrible things happen to good people.
Can Bash’s Farmin’ and Fishin’ Book (the Bible) be believed when it says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God”? What about when fire rolls through an animal building. Or when a kid’s lost her dad? It’s time to find out—with a little help from an ice-skating pig.
I had the chance to review Bash and the Pirate Pig back in 2013 so when I was contacted to review Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper earlier this year I jumped at the opportunity. Geared towards boys ages 8 to 12 years old the story of Ray and his cousin Bash never fails to amuse even the oldest reader – I’m an adult and enjoyed the cousins antics although I wasn’t so happy that the parents seemed non-existent much of the time. It’s been snowing, a lot, and so the boys as only boys can do set out to gather a basket of fruit – Fruit of the Spirit that is. As boys gathering the Fruits takes on a life of it’s own as hospitality leads to a coop fire, a search and rescue mission for damsels in distress for goodness turns into a real rescue and more. Ray is more reserved than his cousin and while he knows he shouldn’t follow his cousin’s lead, he does and then wonders why – the boys ultimately realize they’ve forgotten to ask the Lord about any of their ideas to help others as they work on gathering their Fruit.
As I said previously, the parents seem non-existent most of the time, Bash’s mom doesn’t really seem to know what to do with her very imaginative son and her nephew so outside they go. It’s mentioned several times she gets a nervous eye tick whenever she thinks of what they might get into. Ray’s parents drop him off and leave him for a week and we don’t really ever hear of them and Bash’s dad tries to discipline but it’s usually a grounding to their rooms. So I know it’s a kid’s book, but it would have been great to have more parental involvement – the most I read in this book was when the community couldn’t make it to church due to a blizzard and they all meet at Bash’s house to hold home church. Simple illustrations done by Tom Bancroft decorate each new chapter and the whimsical drawings add to that chapters feel. Overall, it’s a great book and ultimately the boys realize their mistakes and genuinely repent – since I’m always on the watch for good character building, godly books for my children, this one fits the bill and I know it will be read and re-read over the years.
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