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Walking The Plank To The Baptism Tank (Not Availa [Paperback]

By Mike Thaler & Jared D. Lee (Illustrator)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 8.1" Height: 0.1"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 2, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  6-9
ISBN  0310715946  
EAN  9780310715948  
UPC  025986715946  

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Item Description...
The creators of the popular Black Lagoon series present the tale of a youngster who fearfully imagines impossible tasks he will be facing during his baptism, from swimming to encountering underwater monsters, in spite of his pastor's assurances that God is his lifeguard. Original.

Publishers Description
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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More About Mike Thaler & Jared D. 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.

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THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!  Nov 2, 2009
I agree with the previous commenter. I bought this book so i could read it to my 4.5 yr son. I read it last evening to him 3 times by his request. Today, Nov.1, 2009 I was water baptized at our churc. My son was so excited because he knew what was happening and now he said when he gets big like me, he wants to be water baptized also.

this book is entertaining, funny and truthful. Wonderful, a great gift for kids learning about their faith and wanting more. i plan to buy other books from the author and I also gave a copy to the gentlemen that also got baptized today also, he was pleased.
Wonderful!  Sep 23, 2009
If you know a child who'd like to be baptized, but is a little nervous about the process, Walking the Plank to the Baptism Tank by Mike Thaler makes an excellent gift.

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 Seleshanko
Managing Editor
Christian Children's Book Review

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