Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber are back in 18 all-new episodes of VeggieTales. And with this series, they’re also bringing along a new children’s Bible, published by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.
The first new episode of VeggieTales is called “The Best Christmas Gift,” and was released October 22 on both DVD and digital. It’s the first Christmas episode Vischer has done since 2014.
The rest of the new episodes will be released over the next three years.
Vischer came up with VeggieTales when he was a 25-year-old computer animator living in Chicago. “[He was] searching for ways to integrate filmmaking and his faith,” says CBN News. “VeggieTales videos sold more than 65 million copies, making it into a third of all American households with young children.”
In addition to tomorrow’s debut of “The Best Christmas Gift,” Vischer will release a new digital album on November 1. The album will contain six new songs from the Christmas episode.
That’s Not All
Vischer has created a new children’s Bible called Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids: The Gospel in 52 Five-Minute Bible Stories. Vischer told the Christian Post that he came up with the book to help children become more interested in the gospel. He said his version is more easily digestible and fun for kids.
“We haven’t explained to kids that they’re part of a bigger story,” Vischer told CBN News. “Kids are running to The Avengers, they’re running to Harry Potter, they’re running to Star Wars. They want to be part of a big story. That’s what I’ve been trying to do with my most recent projects: Let’s all tell the big story of the Bible and get kids excited about it again.”
The Laugh and Learn Bible covers the entirety of the Good Book, starting with creation and ending with Revelation. According to Amazon, this Bible is a “laugh out loud gospel experience” that answers tough questions like “What is sin?” and “What is the Trinity?”
Bonus content includes maps and charts so kids can follow where each Bible story takes place.
“Five-minute reads for parents and kids together,” said Vischer. “You can learn the Bible together with your kids. And the Laugh and Learn Bible can help you do that.”