I Hope They Call Me On A Mission by Ben White
Illustrated by Corey Egbert
It’s never too young to prepare! This charmingly illustrated picture book teaches children what it’s like to be a missionary, from riding a bike to studying the gospel to having a companion, and everything they can do now to be ready so that when the time comes, they’ll be the best missionaries they can be. Colorful and cute, it’s a perfect gift for baptisms and birthdays.
I joined this review tour with my seven-year-old son in mind. When the book came I was a little worried that it was more for younger children (the illustrations and the conversation from the first few pages seemed geared for a younger audience). However, I was very happy when my son said that he really liked the book.
He liked that it told about what you do on a mission, and that you don't always get what you want (let in to talk to people, baptizing people, etc.). He liked the letter writing part of the story. He wasn't sure if his friends would like the book or not, but he thought it would be a good book for them to have to learn more about missions.
My eleven-year-old daughter also liked the book. She's into art, and liked that the illustrations were different. She also enjoyed that it told the goods and bads of a mission. She got a kick out of the part that talked about having to eat gross food. She thought it was geared toward younger kids, but had some parts for everyone.
About the Author:
Ben White is the author of 10 Questions to Answer while Preparing for a Mission. He has been a Seminary Teacher from 2003 to the present. He has a M.A. in Religious Education from BYU, B.S. in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from BYU. He is an EFY speaker and has recorded two talks with the Mormon Channel on their “For the Youth” program.
About the Illustrator:
Corey Egbert has always loved books and art, so when he discovered that he could create both at the same time by being an illustrator, he couldn’t have been happier. His illustrations can be seen in The Niuhi Shark Saga books and the album covers of recording artist Rob Taylor. He lives in Buena Vista, Virginia, with his wife Natalya, son Oliver, and their cat, Rex.
Title: I Hope They Call Me On A Mission
Author: Corey Egbert
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Published: March 2015
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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