Rufus and Ryan Go to Church by Bostrom and Thornburgh

rufusryanRyan is a young child who carries his stuffed monkey Rufus with him wherever he goes. Today is Sunday! It’s time to go to church!

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church
written by Kathleen Long Bostrom
illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh
CandyCane Press
September 2013

The story follows Ryan as he goes to church (with his stuffed monkey), sings along, listens to a “Bible story”, then fellowships afterward with snacks. It ends with them leaving and looking forward to next Sunday.

This book is a positive message for young kids to enjoy church and look forward to Sundays. As such, I highly recommend it. One caveat, though.

This story is specifically for churchgoers who bring children in to the main sanctuary for church instead of sending them to a Children’s Church or Sunday School while adults go to big church. When I read this book to my two young boys they didn’t seem confused but their experience does not match the story. They do go to Children’s Church instead of big church. I can see this being confusing to some kids who may ask about it.

I love the premise of the series and am looking forward to the other books in the series.

NOTE: BookGateway is hosting a giveaway through October 7th HERE. Be sure to enter!


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.