Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Not Even Once Club {Deseret Book Review}

The Not Even Once Club is a cute children's book that helps kids make good choices when it comes to the commandments.  Written by Elder Russell M. Nelsons wife, Wendy Watson Nelson, and fantastically illustrated by Brandon Dorman, this book is perfect for children of all ages.

In this picture book, new-kid-in-the-ward, Tyler visits his new primary friends in their tree house club for the very first time.  At first perplexed by the "NEO" carved on the door he quickly realizes that the carving stands for "Not Even Once," the secret code word that gets him in the door to this club his friends are inviting him to join.  After entering the clubhouse Tyler's new friends offer him some surprising coffee and alcohol!  "Haven't they heard of the Word of Wisdom?" Taylor wonders.  Then understanding dawns as he hears his friends answer to the coffee, tea, and alcohol.  "Not even once!" they respond emphatically.  Happy and relieved to hear his friends agree to the Word of Wisdom Tyler realizes he passed the test to join the Not Even Once Club.  He receives a special certificate with a pledge agreeing to follow the commandments and is officially welcomed into the club!
This book is a perfect fit for family home evening!  The final page offers a guide for parents and children where the principles of the gospel, modesty & pornography, obedience and repentance are broken down into sections for discussion.  Quotes, references to talks from The Friend, and scripture references offer a lot of insight into just how important it is to our Heavenly Father that we stay away from the things that will cause us spiritual and physical harm.  A free downloadable certificate (like the one above) is available as well as more comprehensive questions for older children!

The Not Even Once Club currently retails as a hardcover at for $17.09. 

Disclaimer:  Thank you so much to Deseret Book for providing me this cute book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.

1 comment:

  1. So, what happens to my son who has special needs? He sometimes may seem to tell a lie because he will answer yes to questions he doesn't understand or when he is stressed regardless of whether this is the right answer or he knows it to be the right answer. My son already struggles to be accepted at church because he is different.


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