Back when I taught first grade, one of the favorite series of books for the children was the Black Lagoon series, which included books like The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Written by Mike Thaler and illustrated by Jared Lee, these books were humorous and drew the children in to the books. They were exceptionally popular with the boys, though girls enjoyed them, too.
Thaler and Lee have teamed up again! They are now writing a new series called Tales from the Back Pew for Zonderkidz.
I had the chance to review Vacation Bible Snooze and In the Big Inning Bible Riddles from the Back Pew. These books are geared for older children, ages 6-9 (which I think is appropriate) . If you are familiar with the Black Lagoon series, these books have the same sound and look-interesting illustrations and funny stories which will even have adults snickering.
Vacation Bible Snooze is about a kid who thinks going to school in the summer to learn about the Bible is not needed and will not be fun. It ends with the child understanding that going to Vacation Bible School is where we can get to know our best friend (Jesus)...better, which really is the point. With all the humor in the book, it's still obvious that there is a love of God by the authors. The final page includes a verse.
In the Big Inning Bible Riddles from the Back Pew would be greatly loved by kids who know (or want to know) the Bible pretty well and a good joke. Like most riddle books, some may need to be explained to a child (or grown-up). Here are a few to tickle your funny bone and give you a taste of the jokes.
How do you know Adam and Eve were good at math? Because God to them to multiply.
What did the flood prove? That God reigns.
What kind of car did the disciples drive? A Honda. They were all in one Accord.
This book also ends with a verse...a very appropriate one for a riddle book. (Judges 14:12).
Just as I like the Black Lagoon series, I like these Tales from the Back Pew, too!
Thank you, Zonderkidz for providing these books for review purposes.
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