Thursday, August 5, 2010

FIRST - In the Big Inning

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Mike Thaler (Author)
Jared Lee (Illustrator)

and the book:

In the Big Inning: Bible Riddles from the Back Pew

Zonderkidz (February 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


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


How do you know they played tennis in the Bible?

If you have a child in elementary school, there's a good chance he or she has brought home one of the Black Lagoon books (The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, The Principal from the Black Lagoon, The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon, et al.) from the school library. In the Big Inning: Bible Riddles from the Back Pew is written by the same author and will likely please any kid who likes riddles and jokes. Clever puns and wordplay make this a fun read. My girl, who is waaaay past this stage of her life but who loved the Black Lagoon books immediately declared that she "needs" this book and has claimed it for her own!

Oh, the answer to the tennis riddle? Because the Bible says that Joseph served in Pharoah's court!

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