Book review: Bill the Warthog and the Tablets of Stone by Dean A. Anderson

A talking warthog detective who solves mysteries and accepts payment in the form of weeds that he eats?  Now that’s a novel idea.

Sorry about the bad pun, but it is fun to find interesting characters in unique books that draw in kids and make them want to read.  That’s what happened when my son discovered the Bill the Warthog mystery series by Dean A. Anderson.  He started with Quest for the Temple of Truth (Bill the Warthog Mysteries #4) (affiliate link) and quickly asked for more books in the series to read.Bill the Warthog Mysteries Quest for the Temple of Truth

Whenever my kids find a book they enjoy reading, I’m a happy mom.  Even better when it’s a book that can teach them something helpful.  With these Bill the Warthog books, kids learn Biblical principles from the mysteries Bill investigates with his best friend, Nick Sayga, the 6th-grade narrator of the stories.

The Bill the Warthog books are similar to the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, with a new case to solve in each chapter.  After reading the clues in the story, you have a chance to solve the mystery yourself before turning to another page to learn how Bill the Warthog figured it out.

Each of the books in the Bill the Warthog series addresses a different aspect of the Bible.  With Quest for the Temple of Truth, the solutions to the mysteries teach from Jesus’ parables, making them easily understood from a child’s perspective.  Just like Jesus taught by telling stories in parables, these cases make the same Biblical principles clear for kids.

The book features a variety of humorous, kid-friendly mysteries in 10 illustrated chapters.  It’s a quick read that makes it fun for kids to learn from the Bible.  As a bonus, my son’s book came with a compass attached to go along with the quest theme of the book.

If your child is quickly hooked on the Bill the Warthog mysteries like mine was, there are now 9 books in the series to keep kids reading.

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