Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Monks' Stormy Night - Sylvia Dorham and Christopher Tupa

The Monks' Stormy Night
Christopher Tupa (Illustrator)
ISBN 9781505111811
eISBN 9781505111828

I read the first book in this series 4 years ago, The Monk’s Daily Bread, and never got around to reviewing it. I plan to go back and read it again just for that purpose. Then last in 2020 I read The Monks Make Amends, and I loved it as did my youngest daughter, my son. It has the family seal of approval from 10 years to 50 years of age. The day this one arrived my youngest read it to us twice. She read it to me and then to her 13 year old brother. And then she read it to a friend over the phone describing the pictures. I stated before that these books remind me of Tales of a Magic Monastery by Theophane the Monk and also The Case of the Haunted Chapel by Karen Kelly Boyce and Sue Anderson Gioulis Sisters of the Last Straw Book 1 but geared for younger readers. The description of this book is:

“The monks of Archangel Monastery are prepared for a hard winter. But look out, monks! A bad winter storm is coming!

This beautifully-illustrated book will be enjoyed by children and their caregivers for its humorous pictures, for fun rhymes reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, and for the heartfelt message of sincere trust in the Lord's providence.”

This time a big story is headed to the monastery that is guided and lead by Father Abbot. Father Abbot leads by example. He is the one pitching in and starting all the work. The monks face many issues during the story, no heat, no electricity, a flood. But they also learn that God is in control, and always provides a way. The book has a great lesson. And serves as a reminder to always trust in God. The book ends with a verse for the kids to memorize and my daughter realized that it was a different verse than last time.

Again, the illustrations are wonderful. And the winter scenes are my favorites so far in the series. It is a fun story. All three of us give it a solid 5/5 stars. We plan to go back and reread the first book, The Monk’s Daily Bread, and really hope that there will be more stories with these monks. A great picture book in a wonderful series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!  

Books by Sylvia Dorham:
The Monks Series:
The Monk’s Daily Bread

Other Books:
Rosana: A Modern Retelling of the Book of Ruth
The Book of Names: An Accounting of What Might Have Been
Avoiding The Octopus

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