Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank   -     By: Mike Thaler
    Illustrated By: Jared Lee
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Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank

Illustrated By: Jared Lee
ZonderKidz / 2009 / Paperback

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With hilarious stories and nutty pictures, the Tales from the Back Pew series offers kids a unique view of church. Enjoy plenty of giggles with your child - and learn fun, important truths about God, church, and the Bible.

Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank I'm getting baptized this Sunday, but I can't swim! Pastor says not to worry because God is my lifeguard. I sure hope he's on duty. With unique humor, Mike Thaler turns common church activities into fun and valuable time. He keeps kids laughing while introducing them to the love of God and encouraging them in their faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 8.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310715946
ISBN-13: 9780310715948
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 6-9
Series: Tales from the Back Pew

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With hilarious stories and nutty pictures, the Tales from the Back Pew series offers kids a unique view of church. Enjoy plenty of giggles with your child — and learn fun, important truths about God, church, and the Bible. Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank I’m getting baptized this Sunday, but I can’t swim! Pastor says not to worry because God is my lifeguard. I sure hope he’s on duty. With unique humor, Mike Thaler turns common church activities into fun and valuable time. He keeps kids laughing while introducing them to the love of God and encouraging them in their faith.

Author Bio

Known as America’s Riddle King, 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. Jared Lee is an accomplished illustrator with experience working for the likes of L.L. Bean, Procter & Gamble, Hasbro, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and the U.S. Postal Service. He received a BFA degree from the John Herron Art Institute. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2009
    Kristina
    In his silly, puny style, Thaler shows a young boy who is afraid to get baptized because he's heard the tank is deep, dark, and cold. In the accompanying illustration by Jared Lee, we see an enormous tank with pieces of monster-like creatures peeping out here and there. But, our hero decides, "life without Jesus is even deeper, darker, and colder," so he'll get baptized anyway.He wonders if he'll need snorkeling gear for his dunking, and whether the pastor will dress like a pirate and walk him off a plank. He hopes a lifeguard will be present, but then remembers his mom says "God is our lifeguard, and He's always on duty twenty-four hours a day."He remembers that God parted the waters for the Isrealites and that Jesus walked on water...then wonders if any of that would work for him. He wishes the pastor would just sprinkle water on him, instead of dunking him.The Sunday of his baptism, there's a line of kids before him. He's glad everyone "seems to be coming out all right." Finally, it's his turn...and the tank isn't so deep, dark, and cold. "Is that all? Hey, can I do a double dip? Can I stay in for a while and splash around?" he wonders. When he exits the tank, he feels "clean and new. It's like a Laudromat for the spirit." Maybe he'll take up swimming and win an Olympic gold medal, because "anything is possible with God."What I Like: Thaler and Lee have a real gift for making topics that could be boring lots of fun, and their work in Walking the Plank is no exception. Although this book isn't as funny as some as this team's other titles, it's plenty lighthearted, and the illustrations are filled with silly details and fun dialogue in bubbles. This is a terrific book for kids who will soon be baptized.What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Excellent.Kristina SeleshankoManaging EditorChristian Children's Book Review
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