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Kelly Pulley

Kelly Pulley

Kelly Pulley has illustrated dozens of The Beginner's Bible books for over ten years. He started his career as an artist working on licensed character T-shirts for an apparel company. He currently lives in Tennessee.
Kelly Pulley: Telling Magnificent Tales

Kelly Pulley: Telling Magnificent Tales

(February 2013)
Ben Avery
Kelly Pulley is no stranger to making Bible stories accessible to young readers.

As the illustrator behind the best selling Beginner’s Bible series, he has created hundreds of illustrations based on stories from the Bible.

His new series, the Magnificent Tales, is similar to the Beginner’s Bible series in that it tells stories from the Bible for young readers. But it is also different in a number of ways. “The Magnificent Tales series targets a little higher reading level with longer, more complex stories, but it’s written in rhyme, which makes it fun for all ages,” Kelly explains. “Also, the art is a bit more contemporary.”

The biggest difference, though, is that he didn’t just illustrate these books, he also wrote them. “My hope is that children will find these stories fun and entertaining, and that they will spark an interest in reading the Bible, so I try to stay as true to the original versions of the stories as I can,” he says. “With that in mind, it helps to start out with the most interesting and action packed stories possible.”

The first two stories he chose to tell were Jonah and Jesus’ birth, which were published just in time for Christmas. The two followup books, The Biggest and Toughest, which tells the story of David and Goliath, and Daniel for Lunch, the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, (David C. Cook) were chosen because they “are great stories with great lessons and they are two of my favorite Old Testament stories.”

Kelly feels blessed to have the chance to work on the different books and series he has been involved with. “That’s where God has led me,” he says. “It’s also where He’s gifted me. It’s a blessing to be able to serve God every day doing what I love to do.”


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