I bought 14 copies of the Beginners Bible last summer when they were on sale, with the intention of giving them to the kids in my Sunday School class (ages 4-6) as Christmas gifts, because I wanted them to have Bibles that they could easily understand and even attempt to read themselves. It took all my willpower not to give them the gifts early because after seeing them in person and reading a few of the stories I was super excited for my kids to have them. They LOVED them. All six of the kids in my class received them, and the next week at Sunday School I heard all about how they had been reading them at home with their parents and older siblings. Since then, I have started giving copies of the Beginners Bible to every new child who comes to my class, even if only for a week, as well as any young children who come to other children's programs run by our church. I'm now down to my last 2 copies and will be ordering the case of 16 shortly to make sure I have enough to keep giving it out.
As for the Bible itself - the kids love the illustrations and being able to read (at least parts of) the stories themselves, and I love that the stories stay true to God's word. I also love that each story contains scripture references so that parents can look them up for themselves to read the "full" version.
I would definitely recommend the Beginners Bible to any of my fellow Sunday School teachers and also to parents/grandparents of young children. It is a great way to lay a strong foundation in God's Word, and to teach children about the love of Christ in the hope that they would one day come to know Him as their own personal Saviour.
We bought this for one of our younger grandsons (5 yrs.) so he could read his own Bible stories in the morning. This he can do and often his older brother chimes in and reads the story to or with him. So far, so good. But the bloom is off the rose at that point when, for the sake of simplicity or brevity or some other artistic license, the stories are changed from what the Bible actually says to something that gives the wrong version. The story of Moses is an example of this. The Bible says that Aaron was the spokesman and principal 'actor' in the appearances before Pharoah. Aaron isn't mentioned except in passing. I personally don't hold much with any particular translation being the 'authorized' translation, but neither do I believe that a Bible story should be treated like a Hollywood script, shortened or dumbed-down for the sake of brevity, especially when the license taken leaves out what God put in. As an early reading excercise the Beginners Bible works pretty well and gives some needed familiarity to a child concerning the stories in the Bible. But, like microwave cooking, it's not a set-and-forget venture. It still requires parental guidance and input to get the entire picture before the young, impressionable minds.