The frame-by-frame format style and realistic images help illustrate the actual Scriptures, which helps to carry the reader easily through each story like a movie. The realistic style we used also leaves an unconscious impression that these were real people doing real things.
We did not use a cartoon or graphic style, often viewed as art for children, because it would have left the impression that the story is a fantasy, and NOT the truth from God. Also, we could have rendered the illustrations more carefully and beautifully but then they would have taken attention away from the real star, the word of God. So we used a more classic style that we hope will appeal to adults as well as children.
Text: ICB or NASB
(See Translation Comparison.)
The text is NOT a rewritten story FROM the Bible; it is actual word for word Bible text.
You might see some small “d’s” in the text. These indicate a word that will have a definition in the ICB dictionary, found in back of The Illustrated ICB Bible, The Old Testament, Volume 2.
Old Testament quotations are shown in a parchment like background to represent that they are an older Biblical quote. They will usually have the book, chapter and verse with them so you can know where they came from in the Old Testament. (picture)
Footnotes appear at the bottom of some pages. They are represented in the Bible verses by a small “n”. That will let you know that there is a note at the base of the page that gives you a little more information about that word or phrase.