Andrew Wilson, Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 32 pp.
It is rare to find a children’s book that contains a combination of stunning artwork, creative writing, and orthodox theology. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat by Andrew Wilson, achieves all three of these objectives.
First, the illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia instantly capture the attention and imagination of the reader. A quick glance through the book reveals a skill that is unmatched and rivals the art found in any children’s book on the market. Frankly, the illustrations here are a breath of fresh air in a Christian market that too often peddles content that is substandard and boring. Kudos to Helena Perez Garcia for her fine work!
Second, Andrew Wilson presents a story geared to children that is easy to understand and engaging. At the center of the story is girl who faces a troubling situation and is met by a talking cat who guides her on a path of biblical wisdom and truth.
Finally, and most important, is that commitment to orthodox theology. The path is encouraged by the cat is one that is paved by the principles in the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism:
Q1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Q2: That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
It is disturbing that some reviewers have equated this book to “moralism.” Nothing could be further from the truth. This work is grounded in grace and beckons children to trust in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. My hope is that Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat leads to many gospel-centered discussions between parents and their children and grandparents and their grandchildren.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.