Title: You Are Mine
Author: Max Lucado
Major Themes: Allegories, Life Lessons, Picture Books
Synopsis: When Punchinello tries to get as many boxes and balls as possible so he can be the best Wemmick around—and ends up losing his happiness in the process—can he find the truth before his life becomes total chaos?
A sequel to You Are Special, You Are Mine is a delightful picture book for children by well-known author Max Lucado. I was first introduced to his children’s books years ago by chancing across them on my aunt’s bookshelf, and fell instantly in love. The pictures are very well done, and the stories are superbly written as well as delivering powerful messages in the end.
This book tells the story of Punchinello and his problem with balls and boxes. It started out innocently enough—Tuck, one of his Wemmick acquaintances, got a beautiful new box. However, he was a bit too proud of the box, and made Nip jealous. Nip decided to outdo Tuck by getting not only a box, but a ball as well. The race was on. Who would be the best Wemmick by owning the most balls and boxes? Punchinello does his best to become one of these. He sells his books to earn more money to buy balls and boxes…then works nights to earn more money…then sells his bed because he is working nights and no longer needs it…then sells his house so he can buy even more. Will the vicious, greedy cycle never end? Is there any way he can find fulfillment aside from always trying to out-best everyone else? Will he be able to learn his lesson before it is too late?
You Are Mine is a gorgeous story with an important lesson: Material things are never fulfilling, and definitely never bring us true happiness in the long run. This is a great reminder for old and young alike. Besides a beautiful story, however, I love the pictures—this book may be expensive, but it’s definitely worth the investment. I plan on reading this to my siblings often, and hope I can collect the others Max Lucado has written for children over time, too.
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, 10 – 12, Family Friendly
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12, 12 – 15