The Golden Plates: Premium Edition
AS A GRAPHIC NOVEL
The Golden Plates is an illustrated adaptation of the fifth best selling book of all time, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which has sold over 120 million copies. This graphic novel/comic book adaptation was first created in 2005 by award winning artist Michael Allred. The Premium Edition has replaced the full text originally included in the first edition with simplified and edited text, making the story easier for younger readers to follow and also showcasing more of the stunning artwork. It has also been converted to digital form for enjoyment on phones, tablets, and desktop devices through Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. New printed editions have also been released through Amazon.
The first 6 issues cover the first 145 pages (27%) of the Book of Mormon, from 1st Nephi through the Words of Mormon. This adaptation is a fun and enthralling to way to help older children and teens understand and enjoy the Book of Mormon in a format more advanced than simplified children's stories or scripture readers meant for young children.
I am not a big comic book person, so it is kind of funny that I ended up reviewing this one. Anyhow, I only received the first book in the six book series. I showed it to my 8 and 10 year old to see what they thought. My 10 year old was definitely more interested in it than my 8 year old, but both enjoyed looking at the illustrations. My 10 year old said it was good, and it was easy for her to read and understand what was going on. I like that it simplifies the Book of Mormon scripture stories so that it is easier for anyone really, to understand them. The illustrations help you to visualize what is going on in the story, so that is definitely a plus. I think it could be a great tool for a teenager struggling to read their scriptures since it is comic book style, not little kid style. Anyone who is struggling to get their BOM time in, this could help get them excited about the scriptures again. I could also see families reading it together. If you are LDS, and you like comic books, I definitely think you will enjoy this series of the Book of Mormon. It is well written and any comic book lover will enjoy this!
You can pick up your own copy here.