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Book Review

This Christian graphic novel by Kozumi Shinozawa is the first book in the five-book Manga Bible set. It is published by Tyndale House Publishers.

Manga Metamorphosis is written for kids ages 8 to 12 years. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Using the manga comic format, this book portrays the life of Jesus from the prophecies that foretold His birth to His ascension into heaven. Adapted from Scripture, these 23 stories refer to Jesus as Yeshuah and use more obscure names in referring to His parents ("Miryam" for Mary and "Yosef" for Joseph). While this graphic novel is not a literal, word-for-word presentation of the Bible, the text remains true to Scripture. The writer adds brief descriptions to the dialogue so the reader will better understand the settings for these stories. Additional comic bubbles within the illustrations give insight into the thoughts and reactions of the characters.

Christian Beliefs

The book gives a biblically accurate overview of Jesus' life.

Other Belief Systems


Authority Roles



Jesus' death and the clearing of the temple contain violence but are well-handled.



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