Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Book Review: Hey, God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in my Stomach

When the chance to review this book came up, I just laughed.  The book cover, and the full title told me that yes, I simply had to review this book.

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up! The whale tells his side of the story  by Troy Schmidt is an adorable book, and we really loved it here.

The publisher described it like this:
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.   Brought to you by B&H Kids, Available May 1, 2013.
I read this to my seven year old, and she laughed through most of the book.  She was also quite capable of answering the questions in that "Parent Connection" section.  I think this twist on the story helped her to see it in a different way.

Check out the video trailer:

While we were gone last night, Thomas read the book to Richard.  Here is what they had to say:

Richard, age 9:  "It's definitely interesting, because it is the whale's side of the story.  It has some funny points, and it's a nice book.  I would like to see some of the other books, like the one about Moses and the plagues, told by a frog."

Thomas, age 12: "It is a really great story, and I liked looking at it from a completely different point of view.  It was easy to read, without any big words.  I'd be concerned though about reading this to kids who don't already know the real story, from the Bible, as this one is obviously fictional, and I'd hate for kids to think the Bible version is too.  However, if they already know the real thing, this is a fun way to think about it in a different way."

 I have one to give away! 

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Kayla Rice said...

I would read this with my son. Looks funny :)

Wendy Rozema said...

i would read this to my kids!

Ashley said...

This book looks really fun!! My kids, granddaughter, & daycare kids would love this!