Friday, August 6, 2010

Review/Giveaway: In the Big Inning

A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: In the Big Inning:  Bible Riddles from the Back Pew
Author: Mike Thaler
Illustrator:  Jared Lee
Genre: Juvenile fiction/Christian/Early reader
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: August 25, 2010
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway.  This is my review copy, so it has been gently read.
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Today's Wild Card author is:

Mike Thaler (Author)
and
Jared Lee (Illustrator)

and the book:

Zonderkidz (February 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Known as the Riddle King of America, Mike Thaler is the author of the popular Black Lagoon books and the Heaven and Mirth series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and travels nationally, speaking in schools, libraries, and churches.

Visit the author's website.

Jared Lee is an accomplished illustrator with experience working for the likes of L.L. Bean, Procter and Gamble, Hasbro, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and the U.S. Postal Service. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.

Visit the illustrator's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $4.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310715970
ISBN-13: 978-0310715979
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x

Press the browse button to view the first chapter:



What I Liked:  Q:  Did the worms go to the ark in apples?  A:  No, they went in "pears!"

I annoyed people like crazy with this riddle when I was a kid.  I thought it was just hilarious.

Yep, I was one of those kids...

Well, this book is for one of those kids!  Lots of those little plays on words that kids absolutely love, combined with catchy (NOT girlie) illustrations.  The literary and analytical lessons are terrific, and the Bible facts used in these particular riddles is a great way to ensure your child has a well-rounded biblical knowledge.

What I Didn't Like:  Nothing not to like - for that age range!  It's a little old for my 3-year-old, who takes everything literally and doesn't quite get the joke.  (In fact, I'd say you need to be at least 7 or 8 for this one, not the 4-8 range given above.)  And once you're past a certain age, it gets a little annoying... :)  But seeing the kids enjoy it makes it worth it, I think!

Posted by Jane from Mozi Esmé

48 comments:

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