The animals get restless and bored on the ark (to quote the book, "the snakes got the wriggles"), so Noah devises a talent show for them. My children loved the funny facial expressions on the animals. I thought the talent show antics were really cute, especially the back-flipping frogs.
The only creatures that can’t perform are the caterpillars because they’re still wrapped in their cocoons. But Noah needs a grand finale, and the surprise is the metamorphosis that occurs when the caterpillars are “done.”
What I Like: The illustrations are bold and humorous. This story is a new and unique spin on a well-loved Bible story.
What I Dislike: Nothing. Some parents might like the book to mention God’s role more specifically. My children are familiar enough with the context that I didn’t think it was needed.
Overall Rating: Excellent
Age Appeal: Ages 4 to 8, although much younger children would enjoy the pictures and would be familiar with Noah’s Ark
Publisher Info: Orchard Books, 2007, ISBN-10: 0439873975, Hardcover $11.55