The Books

Little Jimmy and the Spoiled Rotten Banana is the story of a young boy who cries and throws tantrums to get what he wants. When an unwise purchase results in a broken arm, Jimmy’s parents turn to the book of Proverbs for wisdom. They discover that a firm “No” is foundational in parenting. A spoiled banana spurs Jimmy’s decision to grow up. Little Jimmy kicks off the Proverbial Kids series, followed by Captain Curious and the Invisible Boundary Line and Look-at-Me Lucy and the Rearview Mirror.

“Jimmy is cute when he’s little, but as he gets older—not so much.”

  • Katherine, 6

“He acts just like my little brother. Spoiled.”

  • Jeremiah, 8

“… a true winner and a must-read for parents. The value of the word ‘no’ is underrated today and this story is a great reminder to all of the power and value of this simple word.”

  • Cheryl Markland, Senior Consultant Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship,

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

“Karen so delightfully uses the truths in Proverbs to demonstrate the blessing of providing consistent instruction paired with discipline. The endearing illustrations are as captivating as the storyline itself.”

~Lynn Bailey, M.A.Ed.
27 Year Public Educator, NC

 

“These books have just the right amount of coaching and encouragement to help me as a parent train my children in God’s ways, while still being exciting and relevant to kids today so that they will sit and listen. As a mom, all I could hope for is that my time snuggled up with my child and a good book, to be time that reinforces the character I want to develop in my children.

I also love the vocabulary, who doesn’t love to say gargantuan?!”

~Jane Cannon, Homeschool Mother of 5
Asheville, NC

 

“Gifted author and illustrator Karen Holcomb distills vitally relevant principles from the Bible in such a way that is engaging, humorous, and original! I highly recommend these children’s books with exceptional parental nuggets to benefit both kids and parents!”

~Dan Page, DMin Discipleship & Evangelism
NC Pastor, Father of 6


Contentious Adeline and the Rooftop Escape paints the portrait of a malcontent little girl who idolizes her monthly Pretty Palace design magazine. When her grandpa builds a treehouse, Adeline expects her brothers to paint and decorate it accordingly. Their pushback brings Adeline to tears until her father steps in and gives her the listening ear she’s been longing for. Culturally relevant verses from Proverbs offer light and peace for busy families struggling with materialism and discord.

 

“The Proverbial Kids series by Karen Holcomb is precisely the kind of creative curriculum parents need for family discipleship. I have found the materials biblically sound, creative, and usable by families with a broad range of ages at home. I strongly endorse the series.”

Richard Ross, Ph.D., Professor of Student Ministry,

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; cofounder of True Love Waits

 

“Contentious Adeline affords abundant testimony to Karen’s skill as an author, illustrator, and teacher extraordinaire!  In a day when so many children (and adults) feel a sense of entitlement and appear captured by materialism, this book can help realign priorities through a story rooted in the eternal principles of Proverbs.”

Dennis Thurman, Senior Pastor

Pole Creek Baptist Church, Candler, NC

 

“I read this book with my 10-year-old granddaughter. She really liked it and it was a great conversation starter for us. Thank you, Karen, for helping us talk about attitudes, values, and even how much time adults stay on their phones! Love this tool!”

Denise Glenn, founder of Motherwise and author of Wisdom for Mothers

 


A tool for discovering and applying God’s wisdom in Proverbs to your family life, Proverbial Kids® Lesson Plans for Parents identifies seven ABC principles for parenting straight from the Bible book of Proverbs and offers a simple two-page teaching guide for each concept. You decide how you will use this resource—family devotions, small groups, homeschooling, children’s church or camp! Pick and choose from four opening activities and four Bible stories for as many as 28 one-hour sessions and hundreds of teaching moments. Object lessons and discussion questions are included.

 

Karen has written and illustrated a Proverbial Kids® character/story book for each theme, also available from Westbow Press. All Proverbial Kids® materials are available digitally, making it easy to follow God’s directive in Deuteronomy 6:7 for “on the road” parenting!

 

“At last, a book that practically helps parents disciple their children. My friend Karen Holcomb has written a book series that will transform your family. Proverbial Kids Lesson Plans for Parents and the Proverbial Kids character books are practical, easy to use tools. If you seek to be an intentional disciple-making parent, you need this resource.”

– Mark Smith, D.Min

Senior Consultant, Family Evangelism and Discipleship

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

 

“The Proverbial Kids series by Karen Holcomb is precisely the kind of creative curriculum parents need for family discipleship. I have found the materials biblically sound, creative, and usable by families with a broad range of ages at home. I strongly endorse the series.”

-Richard Ross, Ph.D.,

Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Co-Founder, True Love Waits


CAPTAIN CURIOUS AND THE INVISIBLE BOUNDARY LINE is a story about a little boy named Jasper whose curiosity knows no bounds. When he is drawn into his neighbor’s yard, past the No Trespassing sign, Jasper gets more than he bargained for. The colorful illustrations of ordinary settings and situations in this book are both amusing and thought-provoking. Verses from Proverbs speak wisdom into the conflict, providing delightful teaching moments for parents.

 

“Karen has gleaned from Proverbs spiritually-rich training for kids by the parental setting of
boundaries. Her mastery of the joys and challenges of parenting combined with her sharp wit
catch the reader’s attention from the first page! Her writing is delightful and instructional at the
same time. Enjoy the adventure!”

~Dan Page, DMin Discipleship & Evangelism
Pastor in Canton, NC; Father of 6

 

“I love this book. I have never seen anything like it … a wonderful book to help children understand
and respect personal boundaries. Karen’s years of ministering with children gives her unique
insight into communicating God’s word in ways children can understand.”

~Cheryl Markland
Senior Consultant for Childhood Ministries
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

 

“Every child dreams of being a super hero! Jasper embodies the natural curiosity of young children. Through his experience, children learn about safety and respect. With the aid of clear illustrations and robust vocabulary, the plot guides primary students through the problem-solving process. This faith-based small book is great for teaching character building and social skills across a variety of educational settings.”

~Kemlyn Tan Bappe, Mother of 3
MDiv Theology, MA Special Education
Phoenix, AZ


Look-at-Me Lucy and the Rearview Mirror is a colorfully illustrated story of a five-year-old girl who enjoys showing family and friends all the wonderful things she is learning to do. When it is time to start dance lessons, however, she discovers friendship is better than stardom. Her mother uses the small but wide rearview mirror in their car and several verses from Proverbs to teach a valuable lesson about humility and true beauty.

 

 

“Preschoolers and parents alike can relate to ‘Look at Me Lucy’ and her well-meaning mother. Curls, twirls, fans and mirrors—the artwork tells the story! Karen uses this mother-daughter lesson to encourage the biblical virtues of humility and an interest in others.”

~Jennifer Purvis, PhD
Liberty University
a.k.a. Katherine’s Mom

 

“Loved Look at Me Lucy and the Rearview Mirror! It’s got a great message for all of us, regardless of our age or stage in life.”

~Garth Forster, Pastor
FBC Barnesville, GA

 

“Look-at-Me Lucy is a gift to children and families, a gentle reminder of our selfish nature embedded with profound teaching on the blessing that comes from a humble spirit. Children of all ages will be drawn to the colorful illustrations and the relatable characters.”

~Lynn Bailey, MA Ed, 27-year Public Educator
a.k.a., Emmerson’s Nana


Young Leonardo “Leo” Bunn discovers his hidden talent the day his video game controller flies out of his hands, his recliner breaks, and his exhausted mother instructs him to fix his own problem! Lazy Leo’s Totally Untapped Talent is a delightful tool for parents to use in introducing responsibility to young children. It is the fifth character book in Karen’s Proverbial® Kids collection, all of which supplement her newly released Proverbial Kids® Lesson Plans for Parents book (Westbow Press, 2019).

“Moms and Dads, this book is a ‘must-have’ for your bedtime story library. Lazy Leo is written in upbeat, up-to-date language that will get your kids off the video games and into real life! Karen does it again!”

Denise Glenn, Founder of MotherWise
Author of Wisdom for Mothers, Freedom for Mothers, and Restore My Heart

 

“Karen Holcomb has written a rare book to help us with the “Lazy Leo’s” in all our homes. Karen uses the wisdom of King Solomon to teach parents how to address the growing issue of laziness in our children’s lives. It is refreshing to see this installment in the Proverbial Kids® Series.”

Mark Smith, D.Min, Senior Consultant, Family Evangelism and Discipleship
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

 

 

“The Proverbial Kids® series by Karen Holcomb is precisely the kind of creative curriculum parents need for family discipleship. I have found the materials biblically sound, creative, and usable by families with a broad range of ages at home. I strongly endorse the series.”

Richard Ross, Ph.D., Professor of Student Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Co-Founder of True Love Waits

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