Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

June 4, 2020

By: Betsy Childs Howard
Publisher: Crossway Books
Children's Fiction


Arlo knows better than to get out of bed during rest time. And he definitely isn't allowed to draw on the wall. But Arlo does it anyway, and then desperately attempts to cover up his disobedience before his mom finds out. When his efforts fail, Arlo discovers not only the misery that comes from hiding his sin but also the relief that comes through confessing it. With easy-to-understand language and engaging illustrations, children will learn important lessons with Arlo about repentance and the forgiveness found only in Jesus.

My Thoughts:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was our first story by Betsy Child's and all of the kids loved it!! I have kiddos ranging from 11 to 4 and they were all engaged in the story. We loved the illustrations and the way the story flowed! The best part for this mama was the teaching inside this story. We were able to have some awesome, meaningful conversations on why we don't hide things and how one little lie will snowball into something bigger. We were also able to discuss how God sees everything no matter if we try to hide it or not. Definitely a lot of conversations ensued from this little book and we highly recommend it especially if you are of Christian background and want to use this as a teaching tool in your home.
My kids give this a thumbs up and we will definitely be checking out more of her books!

FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Netgalley. All views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for the Gospel Coalition. She previously worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. In addition to being a regular contributor to the Gospel Coalition website and First Things, she is married to Bernard (Nick) Howard. For more information on her books visit her website:

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