So, I had high hopes for the newest story of Creation done by the wonderful Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Let There Be Light. The illustrations were done by the famous 'feel good' illustrator Nancy Tillman who is best known for her books like On the Night You Were Born. Tillman seems to have the singular focus of all her work be that of boosting children's self esteem. I am not anti feel-good books, mind you, I just get tired of the overdone saccharine genre and only truly enjoy the quirky not-so-obvious "You are Loved!" stories like The Runaway Bunny. Everything else is fine for what? Baby shower or birthday gifts? But as far as actual STORIES go… they feel like an overdose of cookies with a side of soda topped off with a mound of frosting—too sickly sweet—too contrived. But I digress.
Let There Be Light is a faithful enough adaptation of the story of Creation. It goes through the 7 days. The art is okay at first… I loved the sweeping constellation page and vagueness of the image of God Himself. But then it gets weird with the introduction of the animals. They appear very, very computer generated and that type of art just doesn't seem to belong in such a celebration of the natural world as I envision it. The message in the beginning and in the end of the book is that God created the world all gearing up to the creation of the WONDERFUL YOU! And don't forget: YOU ARE LOVED!
My search continues. But this sort of thing might appeal to you; I can respect that. Here is a pretty accurate video trailer of the book: