Finding God in a Pickle

Good gourd! Vegetables retelling Bible stories are such a hit with kids, they're going to the big screen

There's nothing wrong with the Old Testament story of Esther--strong narrative, cool heroine. But that it should become the No. 1-selling children's video in America as reinterpreted by wisecracking vegetables is a little discombobulating. We are, after all, talking about kids' least-favorite food group. And the Bible. But that sales spike was no freak occurrence. VeggieTales, a video series populated by moralizing computer-animated vegetables, is America's best-selling direct-to-video series, having sprouted 28.5 million tapes since 1993.

It doesn't stop there. A VeggieTales book imprint was launched this month, the first VeggieTales computer game will appear in September, and the mouthy little...

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