Item description for Preacher Creature Strikes On Sunday (Tales From The Back Pew) by Mike Thaler & Jared Lee...
Overview Hard benches called pews; a preacher speaking a long time; standing, sitting, and kneeling at the correct times; and Bible stories are scary for a child who has never been to church.
Publishers Description 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. Mom is taking me to church this Sunday. I've heard a lot about church. You have to stand up, sit down, and kneel a hundred times. It's called being in the service---I'm too young to be drafted!
Citations And Professional Reviews Preacher Creature Strikes On Sunday (Tales From The Back Pew) by Mike Thaler & Jared Lee has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Kirkus Review - Children - 01/15/2009 page 97
CBA Retailers - 01/01/2009 page 52
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 7.94" Height: 0.13" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2009
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Tales From The Back Pew
ISBN 031071589X ISBN13 9780310715894 UPC 025986715892
Availability 0 units.
More About Mike Thaler & Jared Lee
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Preacher Creature Strikes On Sunday?
A light-hearted look at what kids think about going to church. 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 Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday, the main character is wondering if church will be anything like the stories he's heard. There's obvious cause for concern when you consider the fact that you may get drafted into the service, be forced to sit on smelly benches called pews, and deal with the guy up front they call the sermonator. On top of all that, they actually make you pay to join in the singing. Fortunately all his fears are laid to rest when he finds that the people are actually pretty nice. Sunday school even ended with cookies and milk!
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.
Funny and informative Jun 4, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009 Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday If there's a child in your life being introduced to church after toddlerhood, Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday by Mike Thaler makes a funny, useful gift.
Written in Thaler's goofy, punny style that's great for both boys and girls, a gradeschool boy tells us his mom is taking him to church. "I've heard all about church," he says. There's lots of sitting and standing, over and over. You have to sit on smelly seats called pews. You sing super long songs while you stand. ("It's sort of like the Pledge of Allegiance...only longer.") The preacher's talk is called a sermon and it can last for hours...even weeks! (Which is "why the preacher is called 'The Sermonator.") The sermons are about the Bible, which is a book God wrote ("I wonder if he used a computer") about strange people...Like the guy who wandered in the desert for forty years. ("He should have stopped at a gas station and asked for directions.") And a guy who took a cruise...inside a fish.
The boy's mom says God is invisible and can see everything you do. He loves you, no matter what, and wants you to be with him in Heaven someday. (Heaven is "more fun than an amusement park.")
The boy isn't exactly thrilled to go to church, but once he gets there, he's surprised. The people seem friendly. He gets to be with a bunch of other kids and play games and sing songs. They even put on a play about a boy named David "who beats up a big bully named Goliath. The preacher says he was able to do that because God helped him. He says God will help us too, if we ask him." In the end, the boy decides, "I love church. I wish every day was Sunday. Mom says when you love God...every day is Sunday!"
Throughout, Jared Lee's illustrations delight, being just as zany as Thaler's text. In them, characters have bubbles, like you'd seen in a cartoon strip, and say things that add to the story. For example, when the boy says going to church is called "being in the service," Lee's illustration shows a little boy being yelled at by an Army sergeant.
What I Like: Humor is a superior way to teach young children, and Thaler and Lee are experts at tickling young kids' funny bones. For children who've never been to church before, this is a terrific introduction - one that will make them laugh and understand. Thaler and Lee are a perfect match, and I hope they create many more books together.
What I Dislike: Excellent.
Overall Rating: Very good.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 6 to 9, but many preschoolers will like this book, too.
Kristina Seleshanko Managing Editor Christian Children's Book Review
So Cute! Outstanding Book! Jan 30, 2009
Inside the pages of this enlightening children's work we are given a peek into the mind of a child as they are about to experience their first day at church. I had never given much thought to the subject matter of this book and I am thankful to author, Mike Thaler, for reminding me that children's perception of people, places, and things, that they have never seen, been to, or experienced, can be quite different than what they really are.
As we start our story journey mom is taking her son to church, and her little boy begins to imagine what is going to happen, as only a child can. I laughed out loud at some of his thoughts, such as: getting a good work-out by standing up, sitting down and kneeling a hundred times, getting to say "Almonds," during the sermon, and making you pay for singing (the collection), instead of them paying you. What a hoot! Traveling on our little guy recounts some of the Bible stories he has heard, such as: a guy who went on a cruise inside a fish (love that one), and another guy who wandered in the desert leading other people, who should have stopped at a gas station and asked for directions. Too cute!You even get a little taste of his thoughts about God and Heaven. Finally off he goes to be with other children where he makes new friends, plays games, learns Bible stories and has a great time as a whole new world is opened up to him.
I liked this book. The illustrations are big and bold and brought each page to life. The story is told in a fun, light way that is sure to bring a chuckle to all that read it, along with a learning experience. I believe this book will help parents to better understand how a child may well think about their first experiences with church-going, and will help a child to see there are a lot of good times ahead for them at church. It will also open the door for children to discuss different happenings at church with adults so they may have a better understanding of what is going on. Very well done and I am proud to recommend it.