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Mission Trip Impossible (Tales From The Back Pew) [Paperback]

By Mike Thaler (Author) & Jared Lee (Illustrator)
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Item description for Mission Trip Impossible (Tales From The Back Pew) by Mike Thaler & Jared Lee...

A boy relates some of his humorous misconceptions and fears about going on a mission trip, from hungry animals, to poisonous snakes, to not having plumbing.

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With hilarious stories and nutty pictures, the Tales from the Back Pew series offers kid's a unique view of church. Enjoy plenty of giggles with your child---and learn fun, important truths about God, church, and the Bible. Hot jungles, poisonous snakes, and no TV---this is a mission trip I want to be missin'.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zonderkidz
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  6-9
Series  Tales From The Back Pew  
ISBN  0310715903  
ISBN13  9780310715900  
UPC  025986715908  

Availability  0 units.

More About Mike Thaler & Jared Lee

Mike Thaler Mike Thaler, Born Oct. 8, 1936 in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961, followed by "Penny Pencil." Both were illustrated by Mike.

Mike has produced over 200 published books for children and is known as "America's Riddle King." He has also been called "The Court Jester of Children's Literature."

Black Lagoon Bully Brothers Cinderella Bigfoot Preacher Creature

Mike has produced many well known and loved characters in children's literature. He was the creator of "The Letterman" for the PBS Electric Company series.

Elementary teachers read about Mrs. Green from "The Teacher from the Black Lagoon," and the rest of the Lagoon faculty along with the creative talents of Jared Lee's humorous illustrating. There are over 45 books in the Black Lagoon series published by Scholastic.

Bubba and Bumpo from "The Bully Brothers" books and some of his retold fairy tales like "Cinderella Bigfoot" have won numerous "Children's Choice" awards.

His Christian series, "Tales from the Back Pew" (10 book set/Zondervan), was released in January 2009.

Mike Thaler lives in West Lim, Oregon with his wife Patty. He welcomes all invitations to speak at school programs, conferences, seminars, and churches.

Mike and Patty travel throughout the world helping children and teachers create their own stories, riddles, and books. He writes and teaches with creativity, inspiring his audiences with a love of language.

Mike Thaler is considered one of the most creative forces in children's literature today.

Mike Thaler currently resides in the state of Oregon. Mike Thaler was born in 1936.

Mike Thaler has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Black Lagoon Adventures
  2. Black Lagoon Adventures (Pb)
  3. Black Lagoon Adventures (Unnumbered)
  4. Black Lagoon Adventures Set 2
  5. From the Black Lagoon
  6. Tales from the Back Pew

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Puny & Fun, but with a message  Jun 26, 2009
Challenge your kids' idea of a mission trip by reading Mike Thaler's Mission Trip Impossible, another in the Thaler and Lee fun "Tales From the Back Pew" series.

This puny book is narrated by a young boy whose church is sending him on a mission trip. He's pretty nervous because he knows all about mission trips. "They search the world for the worst places they can find...the more dangerous the better." There are wild animals to eat you, poisonous plants and snakes to kill you, there's no tv, no roof, and no hot water. Sometimes when you bring the needy food,

"you wind up on the menu. Those folks are called cannibals because they can-nibble on you. They love to have missionaries over for dinner. It's called a potluck. You're in the pot, and you're out of luck."

Our narrator recalls what the apostle Paul went through on his mission trips: He was stoned, jailed, shipwrecked and bitten by a snake. Wouldn't it be easier to just send folks an email? Can't you go to Disneyland to tell people about Jesus?

Despite his concerns, our narrator willingly goes on the mission trip. He tells us Jesus has really changed his life, and he wants Jesus to change other people's lives, too. So early one morning he gets on the church bus...but they only drive for twenty minutes. They don't end up in the jungle or dessert; they go to a place with regular houses and a "Pizza Mut." They get together with some other kids and sing songs, do a puppet show, and hand out toys. Following Mark 16:15 ("Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.") is really cool.

What I Like: Mike Thaler and Jared Lee are a genius team. This book, like the others in the series, is fun and creative. Thaler gives us lots to giggle at, while still driving home an important message. Lee's sketchy drawings, full of bubbles allowing characters to speak outside the main text of the book, are wacky, too. I especially appreciate that Thaler has the narrator admit he's afraid of traveling all over the world to tell people about Jesus, but that he'll do it anyway. Too, the idea that we should include mission trips close to home is a welcome one.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor
Christian Children's Book Review
A light-hearted look at what kids think about Mission trips.  Jun 12, 2009
When it comes to church, kids sometimes think and say the darnedest things. The Tales from the Back Pew series takes a light-hearted look at some of the misconceptions our children may have about church.

In Mission Trip Impossible, the main character is a bit concerned about the mission trip his church is about to embark on. He's not quite sure how he'll deal with the wild animals, jungle, cannibals, bad weather, and other harsh conditions. Much to his surprise, this mission trip only goes as far as the other side of town. Even though his trip turned out to be much less exotic than he first thought, he still gets to tell his new friends about his best friend, Jesus.

Children ages 4-8 and their parents will enjoy the light-hearted fun found in the Tales from the Back Pew series. As you complete each story, you'll be able to talk about the realities of "church life" and how it really isn't as bad as they maybe thought it was at first. Be on the lookout for two new titles in this series (Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank & The Three Wise Guys), both scheduled to release later this year.

Mike Thaler, known as the Riddle King of America, 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 and Gamble, Hasbro, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and the U.S. Postal Service. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.

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