Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah In My Stomach And I think I'm Going To Throw Up! - Book Review

About the Book: Oh sure, we've all heard the story of Jonah and the Whale a hundred 
times. But have we heard it from the perspective of the whale who experienced that history-making event?
Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up
! imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.
The "Parent Connection" feature (inside the book) will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened. 

About the Author: 
Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado's Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.

The series:  This is just the first in a series!  Other books available include Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain so I Can Get off Noah's Smelly Ark? and Hey God, I'm Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!

Here's a peek at the trailer:

I have kids varying in ages, and they all enjoyed different aspects of this book. When I first learned of this review opportunity, I knew that it would tickle my middle child's funny bone. She has a wacky and fun loving sense of humor, and sure enough, when she read the title, she was cackling!
My oldest, who is a little more reserved, but still loves a laugh saw it, she was also eager to read it.

The story, based on the book of Jonah, as you probably already figured out, is told from the perspective of the whale. The illustrations remind me of a cartoon comic strip in the way they are laid out. Very colorful and inviting. My oldest really likes the character Dr. Crab. I think this is a great book to use with kids who are already familiar with the bible story. It would be a good way to reinforce the lesson.

The back inside cover features a "Parent Connection" page. It gives a bible verse, a short paragraph that reviews the lesson, discussion questions, and the part that I like best of all, a sort of activity section. This one involves getting a sleeping bag and pretending to be in the belly of a whale, and then going through some questions to think about what it was like to be Jonah.
The final part of this page is a  note of encouragement and a final bible verse.

My kids had no sooner finished the book when they looked on the back of it and requested the other titles. I guess that says it all right there.
The only part that I could have done without, is the part where the whale, as the title suggests, throws up. But I'm just not a fan of bathroom humor. However, my girls thought it was funny, so I'm not hung up on it. The kids have spoken, and we approve :)

Now then. . .

How would you like a FREE copy of this cute little book? All you need to do is drop me a comment here with your email address and one person will be picked on Friday, May 10, 2013. Follow me here if you're not already, and you'll get a second entry. Get to it! :)



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  1. This looks like a super cute book!!! And I have just the little person in mind for it!! :)

  2. Oh this will go perfect with See the Light "God's Runaway".

    Linda (Homeschooling6(at)hotmail(dot)com)

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  5. Looks like a precious book for my littles. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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  17. This looks like such a fun story.

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