Zacchaeus and Jesus by Dandi Daley Mackall {A Tyndale Kids Flipside Story}


When it comes to reading Bible stories to my little one, I love being able to share the ones that recount how someone's life got turned around by following Jesus. One such story is the tale about Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector in the city of Jericho who collected from the poor to better the rich. He was lost, but this all changed on the fateful day that Jesus came into town and saved him. Zacchaeus soon realized the error of his ways and strived to make things better by giving back to the poor instead of taking from them. What a great story! I've recently been sharing it with my son by reading his new picture book, Zacchaeus and Jesus.

There is always another side to a story! In this fresh presentation of the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus, bestselling children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall has written a creative two-sided flip book. Designed to tell the same story twice from two different, biblical points of view, the book allows the reader to enjoy the story of Zacchaeus and then literally flip the book to read the story from the perspective of Jesus. Utilizing humor, adorable illustrations, and an innovative format, these books provide readers with the added bonus of two books in one.

Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats. Visit her at and

Being a picture book, the illustrations in Zacchaeus and Jesus do not disappoint. Each character is portrayed with big, bright eyes. The whole color theme of the book includes a variety of earth tones, which I really like.

The uniqueness of this book is what really sets it apart from other books, since it happens to offer two stories in one. Both stories are actually parallel to each other. On one side, we read from Zacchaeus' point of view and how he longed to see Jesus when he had heard that He was coming to visit. At the same time he struggled to do so, and even felt unworthy to be in His presence. Once the story ends, children can flip the book over to read the same story, only this time it is from Jesus' point of view as he visits Jericho seeking those who are lost, including Zacchaeus. Even the book's title changes once kids flip it over, from Zacchaeus and Jesus to Jesus and Zacchaeus

This book is part of the Tyndale Kids "Flipside Stories." Since we enjoyed it so much, I've now added the others in the series on our wishlist. This is such a nice collection that I'd definitely want my son to have. I really like the idea of taking the same story and sharing it from two separate perspectives. This allows children to see each character's points of view and really gets them more involved with what each one is feeling and/or thinking. It is a pretty innovative idea and I've only come across one other unrelated book that has done something in that realm. What's better is that this is done with a great story from the Bible that represents a true testament on how one's life can change for the better by following in Jesus' footsteps.