cover image HERMIE: A Common Caterpillar

HERMIE: A Common Caterpillar

Max Lucado, and a full cast. . Tommy Nelson, $17.99 (60pp) ISBN 978-1-4003-0119-5

Bestselling Christian author Lucado appears in the opening moments of this animated video, introducing his most recent project, "A Just Like Jesus Story" starring Hermie the caterpillar. Hermie, voiced by Tim Conway, laments the fact that he is ordinary—not strong like an ant, beautiful like a ladybug or resourceful like a snail. Each time he compares his shortcomings to the seemingly superior attributes of another creature, Hermie prays to God, asking about his predicament. The reply comes, "I'm not finished with you yet." Of course, Hermie doesn't understand God's wisdom until he transforms into a butterfly (as does his pal Wormie, voiced by Don Knotts). Lucado appears at the story's end to explain that God does not necessarily "give us new wings," but he "gives us a new heart." Unfortunately, the message may be a bit muffled for some young viewers who see Hermie accepting himself only after he's no longer a caterpillar. Quality animation (paying homage to Antz and A Bug's Life), music and voice talent buoy this effort. Ages 3-up. (Jan.)

FYI:Simultaneous release with picture book and board book.