"As he rested
a mighty wind began to blow.
from the sea
whipped that ship so violently.
waves so tall
made that ship prove weak and small."
Finally, the sailors throw Jonah overboard in order to save themselves, and a drowning Jonah is swallowed by a big fish (a whale, in the illustrations by Santiago Cohen). Jonah repents and the whale spits him out onto land. God once again tells Jonah to go to Ninevah and preach, and this time "Jonah listened...and obeyed."
What I Like: I appreciate the completeness of this picture book. Rather than being a too-simple story of a man being swallowed by a whale, the author thoroughly explains how Jonah ended up in that predicament...and how he got himself out of it (by obeying God). Cohen's illustrations are modern, sketchy, and almost cartoonish. The images of life before and after the storm are bright, while the illustrations during the storm - and especially inside the whale - are quite dark...A nice touch.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 - 8, but many toddlers will like this book, too.
Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2007; ISBN: 0310710995; hard back, $9.99.
Special Info: Visit the author's website for more information about her books and school visits, teaching ideas, writing and publishing tips, and more. To take a peek at Cohen's art, check out his website. Also, you may want to check out my review of Greene and Cohen's Zacchaeus and the Happy Day.