Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: It Couldn't Just Happen

From the publisher:
This four-color, Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world.
“Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion?” 
“Does science contradict the Bible?” 
“What happened to dinosaurs?”
“Is there life on other planets?” 
“Did we evolve from apes?” 
“What makes my body work on its own?” 
Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.
I vacillated over whether or not I should order this book for a review.  A few reviewers on Amazon had given the book less than glowing reviews claiming that it was full of scientific inaccuracies.  However, the lesson I learned was that you can't trust everything you read in a review (present company excluded, of course).

It Couldn't Just Happen is divided into 5 parts:  Earth in Our Universe, How Life Began, Evidence from Living Things, Humanity in God's Nature and The Book That Didn't Just Happen.  Each part ends with a "Just For Fun" section which contains 5 questions or activities to help the child dig deeper into the concepts that were covered.  

I was sort of expecting the layout of the book to be similar to Usborne or DK, however it was not.  It had more the feel of a encyclopedia with words dominating the page.  The writing style is easy to read, though sometimes a tad bit dry especially on the section on the planets.

There were some errors in the book which is little surprising considering that this is the revised edition.  For example, "two parts of oxygen combined with one of hydrogen produces water." (page 34)  Hmm, how did that slip by the proofreader?  However, I don't think there were nearly as many errors as some have claimed and another reviewer did a good job of responding to the claims.

All in all, I'd give it an "ok" rating.  

I received this book free from in exchange for an honest review.


  1. You do realize that the list of errors from a reviewer you linked to is for the 1994 edition of the book, yes? Since the review is from 2006, 5 years prior to the updated 2011 edition.

  2. Thank you for your comment. Most of the "errors" the reviewer listed from the 1994 edition are still present in the 2011 edition. Obviously, the page numbers are different. I did find one change (corrected spelling on Tjeerd's name, page 30).

    However, I would encourage everyone to read the 2nd reviewers response to the alleged errors. One is definitely an error and is still in the 2011 edition ("two parts of oxygen combined with one of hydrogen produces water" page 34) but the others seem debatable.