Monday, May 20, 2013

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

...and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up!

I received this book to review with the understanding I would post a review on May 1st (the books release date).  In the process of moving, it got misplaced before I had a chance to read it.  I was the goody-two-shoes in school, so missing a due date to an assignment bothered me.  I emailed the company and let them know my review would be a little late.  I have yet to receive hate mail from them, so maybe they understand things happen.

Without further adieu, my review:

The (longest eva) title had caught my eye, so I was looking forward to the unique take on a story I've heard all of my life.  I hadn't had a chance to preview the book before first reading it to my 5 year old nephew.  I tried to get a read on him, but kids that age are difficult.

  Not knowing much about children's literature, I worried that the book was too long for a kid.  However,  my nephew didn't have a problem sitting through the reading.  I very much enjoyed the illustrations.  The takeaway, like the Biblical story of Jonah, is about trusting God's will for your life.  Its a message I hope my nephew learns sooner, rather than later in life.

My only other concern about the book was the "Christianese" language used by the author.  As a "churched" person, I knew what the author was trying to say, although I'm not sure the language is truly speaking to a younger crowd.

What I can say is that he told me he liked the book, and sat still the entire time I read it - a huge compliment coming from a rambunctious little boy. Also, I asked if he wanted to keep it and he said yes.

Overall it looks like this book was a win!

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1 comment:

  1. I reviewed this book too and hadn't thought about the language, but what you say makes sense. The kids that looked at my copy really enjoyed it too and I thought the illustrations were great.