Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour: The Not Even Once Club by Wendy Watson Nelson

Book Description:

The Not Even Once Club is an adorable and appealing way to engage children in a story that will help them choose for themselves to keep the commandments and to never break them. Not even once.

Children will meet Tyler, an energetic boy who is excited to make new friends in his Primary class. They have invited Tyler to join their special club, but first he has to pass the test and keep the club promise.

With illustrations from bestselling illustrator Brandon Dorman,
The Not Even Once Club is a fun and engaging way for parents to help teach their children the importance of keeping the commandments. Included in the back of the book are additional teaching helps for parents and leaders.


Most of the books I review aren't for my children, but they really enjoy reading/being read to, so when I learned about The Not Even Once Club I jumped at the opportunity to review it.

The first thing that stood out to me about The Not Even Once Club was the illustrations. Brandon Dorman is exceptionally talented, and his work in this book is amazing! My children enjoyed looking through the book, and the pictures really helped hold my youngest child's attention.

The diversity among the children in the book is excellent too. It helps with the message that keeping the commandments is for everyone.

The idea behind this book is really good. We need to make sure our children know about the commandments and the importance of keeping them from a very early age. Temptations are going to come in life, but if we've already made the decision about what we are going to do in certain situations, life will be so much easier.

I've seen some mixed reviews about this book due to what isn't included. While I understand those reviews, I wasn't bothered by it, and most importantly, my children didn't have any concerns about it. What is included seems like just the right amount for a picture book. It provides a good opportunity for further discussion that will fit your family's situation. The Guide for Parents and Children at the end of the book has some great information that can help with discussions.

About the Author:

Wendy Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology. Prior to her marriage to Elder Russell M. Nelson, she was a professor of marriage and family therapy for twenty-five years. Sister Nelson has served as a stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, and chaired the BYU Women’s Conference. Currently, she is an institute instructor and visiting teacher. Sister Nelson was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Leonard David and Laura Byrde McLean Watson.

About the Illustrator:

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellerThe Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children’s books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series. See more of Brandon Dorman’s artwork at

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