Friday, April 19, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up!

I don't have younger kids reading picture books anymore, but I simply couldn't pass up the chance to review a book titled Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I think I'm Going to Throw Up!  

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.
I just have to say, this book it super cute.  It is very colorfully illustrated with large-featured cartoon illustrations.  The complete page is illustrated with the text in word bubbles.

While the story is told completely from the perspective of the whale, the theme and lesson of the Jonah story is not lost. The whale is running from God as well, and he's rather grumpy about God telling him to swallow Jonah.  In the end, just like Jonah, the whale learns to trust and obey God. It would probably be more enjoyable if your child is familiar with the Jonah Bible story before reading the whale's perspective, but kids are bound to enjoy it even if they haven't.

The back of the book has a Parent Connection section which gives parents guidance on discussing the story of Jonah along with some suggested activities.

When my teen son saw the title of this book, he snatched it out of my hand and immediately sat down to read it.  I think I may have even heard a few giggles! "Aww, that's a really cute book," he said upon completion. I can't wait to share this book with my niece and nephew. If my teen finds it cute, I think a preschooler and first grader definitely will!

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Going to Throw Up!, brought to you by B & H, will available on May 1st for $9.99 here.  It is only the first in the series with the titles 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! also available.

I have a copy of the book available to one lucky reader. There are numerous ways to enter below!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite Bible story is Joseph in Egypt during the famine.

Wendy said...

This book looks so cute! I don't have little ones any more, but my 2 little nephews would love this! :)

Fresh Start Academy said...

The story of Noah and his Ark

Beverly said...

YIKES!!! I thought I already entered.

I like a lot of Bible stories. I like the story of the prodigal son.

Suzie Williams said...

I have to get this book, it's so cute! My favorite Bible story is the story of Noah and his Ark.

Anonymous said...

The story of Daniel in the Lions Den
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