Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Going to Throw Up- a Review and a GIVEAWAY
I love the alternate versions of classic stories, the ones told from "the other side of side of the story." Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Going to Throw Up by Troy Schmidt is a new version of Jonah's story from the Bible told from the whale's point of view.
In this version of a Bible story that most kids will recognize, the whale tells his tale. As he tries to run away from what God tells him to do, he finds that fleeing God doesn't work. And in the process he meets Jonah, a human that's learning the same lesson.
This cute children's book has colorful pictures and an easy to read story line. It is a humorous and engaging story that will hold the attention of kids as they read it for themselves or listen to it read aloud. At the end of the book are ideas for family connection activities to do along with the story.
There were quite a few things I really liked about this story.
* The illustrations are colorful and funny.
* The concept of "the other side of the story" brings a new look to a story most children will have heard many times in Sunday School or Bible School or in family devotions.
* The parent/family connections ideas at the end help parents extend the learning by talking about the story and doing some activities for application.
* The theme of the Bible account- obedience to God's commands- is maintained in the story.
My only concern with this story- and it is one I have when any Bible account is told in a story/cartoon way- is that I think it could lead to children viewing the account in the Bible as just another story, not as literal truth. I think parents can avoid this by discussing the book with their child. It is easy to talk with your children about why this story isn't reality and how God's Word is true. I think the cute story version can be very useful in getting the attention of kids and in providing opportunity for families to discuss together the very important themes and applications,
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