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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

The Boy Who Changed the WorldAs a father of two daughters ages six and eight respectively, I’m always on the lookout for a good story that I can read to them at bedtime or when we’ve got some downtime. We plowed through an avalanche of these books since they were old enough to appreciate them. Some were very good - others not so much.

Reading is important in our family, and I’ve found that it’s truly rare to find a children’s book that is well written, well illustrated and that conveys a powerful life message. However, The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews delivered on all counts!

The premise of the book is that little things matter a lot and every action we take has an impact that we don’t necessarily see in the short view, yet may have profound implications in the long view of life.

This delightful book evoked in me the same type of “a-ha” moment that I felt the first time that I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – Andrews’ message is as compelling, powerful and clear. While it’s simple enough for a child to understand, it’s important enough for an adult to take to heart as well. It is simply a great book in every measure that is destined to become a children's classic.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Well, that certainly sounds interesting. I have not read anything from this author. Now that you are done with it, you should send it my way! I like that plan! All kidding aside, it does sound like one I need to get my hands on. My kids are of the ages where a message like this would be paramount to just living the every day life of a child growing up in our society today. They need all the positive reinforcements of values and faith that are available. They are not alone. We (as adults and pretty much just humans in general) all do. Nothing is too small. It's always important to keep in mind that what is seemingly small to one person, may just change another person's world.

    Thank you again for mentioning this. I am going to have to look into it.

  2. @Laura, I couldn't agree with you more that our kiddos need all the positive reinforcement they can get! This really was a great book - thanks for the post!