Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big FishFrom the Book Description

“‘God told Jonah to obey, said, Go to Nineveh this day…’ ‘But, stubborn Jonah fled instead. Didn’t do what God had said.’ Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray. Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks  ‘down and down and down’ into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.”

My Comments

The story of Jonah has always been one of Andrew’s favorites; therefore, even though his book is meant for children much younger than him, I was glad to have the opportunity to read and review it. I was interested in seeing how the book compared to other versions of the story.

Over all, this is a very good version of the story, especially for toddlers and children under six or seven. As a matter of fact, the book would make a great book for beginning readers because it reads easily and doesn’t have  many words that would trip a child up. The pictures are large and vibrant and very cute. The story is written in rhyming form, and I love how the font (and even some of just the letters) changes in order to visually represent the action. For example, in one part of the story, the word “tall” is stretched out and the word “small” is in a very small font.

My only “fault” in the story is that the book ends right after Jonah is swept up to shore and agrees to go to Nineveh. I understand why, given that the purpose of the book is to teach children about the importance of obeying God, but it always disappoints me when the ending of Jonah’s story gets left out in some versions of the story. Jonah’s lack of mercy for the people of Nineveh at the end, and God’s response, is an integral part of the lesson of Jonah, and I wish it could have been included in the story.

Otherwise, though, I like this version of Jonah’s story and so did Andrew. He, too, liked the pictures and the rhyming, although he stressed that the book was way too young for him. 🙂 He also commented that “the writer forgot to finish the story.”

Andrew and I would recommend the book and we give it three (3) stars.

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