The Golden Plates is an illustrated adaptation of the fifth best selling book of all time, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which has sold over 120 million copies. This graphic novel/comic book adaptation was first created in 2005 by award winning artist Michael Allred. The Premium Edition has replaced the full text originally included in the first edition with simplified and edited text, making the story easier for younger readers to follow and also showcasing more of the stunning artwork. It has also been converted to digital form for enjoyment on phones, tablets, and desktop devices through Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. New printed editions have also been released through Amazon.
The first 6 issues cover the first 145 pages (27%) of the Book of Mormon, from 1st Nephi through the Words of Mormon. This adaptation is a fun and enthralling to way to help older children and teens understand and enjoy the Book of Mormon in a format more advanced than simplified children's stories or scripture readers meant for young children.
Rorie's Review of The Golden Plates #1: Escape from Jerusalem:
My four kids snatched this up as soon as it came in the mail, and I haven't seen it since. Because of that, I can't give my own review, so you get to enjoy the eloquent musings of my kids (ages 6 - 12.) I do know that they all loved it (my 10-year-old is especially interested in comic books, so this was right up his alley.) They would all love to own the rest of the comics in the series.
Son #2 - I thought it was pretty interesting to see scriptures in comics, so I can actually see what it looked like and what happened. The only thing I didn't like was probably how creepy the angel looked with his white eyes. Son #1 - I liked how it spent a lot of time telling you the details, and that the whole story of Nephi wasn't in one comic book. Son #3 - He didn't like how the angel looked evil. He liked reading about how Nephi was able to get the plates. Son #4 - The thing I didn't like is the lightning in the pictures. I liked that Nephi taught Laman and Lemuel to follow Jesus. I also liked that Nephi listened to Jesus.
Andrea's Review of The Golden Plates #1: Escape from Jerusalem:
Graphic novels are new to our house, but I thought my kids might be interested in reading this, especially my 11-year-old son who enjoys comics. They weren't fighting over who got to read it first, but I was happy that both of my kids liked the illustrations. My 11-year-old son was more into it than my 14-year-old daughter, but they thought it followed the Book of Mormon quite well and liked it.
This first book covers the First Book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon, and I thought the authors/illustrators did a very nice job portraying the story in an abbreviated form with engaging illustrations. Yes, the angel is a little creepy looking with no irises or pupils, but it seemed like a good fit for this format.
It is a fast read, maybe around 20 minutes if you aren't spending a lot of time looking at the illustrations.
I could see my son reading this again, and being interested in the rest of the books in the series.
Tarah's Review of The Golden Plates #1: Escape from Jerusalem:
We don't read a lot of comic/graphic novels in our house, so my kids were pretty excited to get this. I was impressed that someone had this idea to put the awesome Book of Mormon stories into this format. I think it is going to reach a lot of kids. I liked how it stayed pretty true to the actual account. My kids all really enjoyed it and asked if we would be getting the other five books in this series. Here is some of what my kids said:
"I thought it was fun how they put this story into a comic book, but it still feels like you are reading scriptures."
"I think the angel needs iris'. I like it. I would read more"
"It is like the scriptures, expect it is like an easier version. And half the time you don't realize you are reading a comic book. It transfers the stories of the scriptures into a kid book easily. I would read the rest of the series. Although the angel does look a little unrealistic."
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