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32 pages
Oct 2011

Jonah, God's Messenger

by Dennis Jones

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In Jonah, God's Messenger, illustrator Dennis G. Jones and the Zonderkidz editors offer a Level 2 book written primarily in one syllable words: "The storm and wind were strong. All the men on the boat were scared." Designed to provide a Bible story that can be read by 4- to 7-year-olds, this comical book of only 32 pages presents artworks that is reminiscent of the old Mad Magazine caricature drawings of people with over-sized noses, feet, toes, and hands. When Jonah is asleep in the bottom of the ship, scenes are shown of crew members running helter-skelter, with bulging eyes and huge teeth and enormous flailing hands. When Jonah gets spit up on shore, there is a series of six drawings of him gyrating wildly through the air.

Although written with very basic vocabulary and supplemented with outlandish cartoons, the core structure of the Bible story of Jonah comes through. He is called as a prophet, he tries to defy God by sailing away, he is swallowed by the fish, he repents, and, ultimately, he goes to Ninevah and preaches to the people. It's entertaining and it's accurate. Ė Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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Jonah loves God and wants to do his work. But what happens when Jonah wants to ignore Godís request to travel to Nineveh to teach the people there?