A classic Bible story retold from the whales perspective depicts its divine encounter as parallel to that of Jonah. A fresh, contemporary attitude infuses the narrative voice: upon hearing Gods instructions to swallow a human, the whale responds, "A human? But they live on land. Land creatures taste like dirt. Yeech...." The whale swims as far from God as he can, but his escape proves as unsuccessful as Jonahs; soon Dr. Crab, with tongue depressor and mirror, diagnoses the whales stomachache: "You swallowed some guy." Jones, a graphic designer, offers full-bleed cartoons with flattened perspectives, bold outlines, marine colors, and characters with big round eyes. Schmidt, writer for The American Bible Challenge, stays true to the original story while also giving voice to Gods relationship with all creation, as when God explains Jonahs mission of hope and tells the whale, "You are a part of that plan." This playful, feisty interpretation retains the tales key theological themes of mission, disobedience, prayer, and repentance. A "Parent Connection" endpage provides guidance for discussion. Ages 48.
Reviewed on: 04/15/2013