Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday"- By Mike Thaler - Book review and giveaway !!

This is one of the books we reviewed in keeping with the "spending time with my family" on Valentines Day. My children loved it. It is a very humorous but all so true book. It is difficult as a mom to get my kids to church, especially as they get older. It is more and more challenging every Sunday. This is a great book based on what your child's perspective might be. You never can tell what they might be thinking and how they are perceiving things.

We really enjoyed this book. My husband was laughing all the way through. We read it as a family, and that was a great idea! What a fun book.

Courtesy of :Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists

Getting kids excited about church is no easy feat. Antiquated language, esoteric readings, dizzying sermons and stiff pews aren't enough to capture the attention of today's generation of digitally-charged kids.

Moms who are met with complaining kids on Sunday mornings will thank Mike Thaler as he playfully takes on many of the potentially baffling church traditions in his new book, "Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday" (February, Zonderkidz, $4.99, Ages 6-9)," one of the first titles in his new 'Tales from the Back Pew' series.

Twenty years ago, America's classrooms met the fabled Mrs. Green - a veritable monster teacher in Thaler's acclaimed "Teacher from the Black Lagoon." Today Thaler and illustrator Jared Lee, whose beloved "Black Lagoon" books have sold more than 12.5 million copies, keep the punches rolling to teach kids invaluable lessons with humor and wit. This time, "Black Lagoon" goes to church!
appeals to kids' unique view of church, using Thaler's signature off-the-wall story-telling:

"There are very long songs with a thousand verses, and just when you think you're done, they go back to the beginning and start all over again. And you have to stand the whole time. It's sort of like the Pledge of Allegiance…only longer. And then, instead of paying you for singing, they collect money..." ["Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday"]

Still told from the point of view of a child, the new generation of "Black Lagoon" emerges this month with four titles, including "Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday"-- "Easter Egg Haunt," "Church Summer Cramp," "Mission Trip Impossible."

The author of more than 200 books, Mike Thaler is also known as "America's Riddle King." Parents and children also remember him as the creator of the "Letterman" character for PBS' "The Electric Company." Teamed with Lee for nearly 30 years, the two have been called "The Court Jesters of Children's Literature" for their collaboration on more than 70 hilarious books. Since becoming a Christian at age 60, Thaler says "life has gone from black and white to glorious Technicolor." Today, his knack for imaginative story-telling is helping spread the love of Jesus to children everywhere. Learn more at


BUT the wonderful people at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists are letting me give 2 copies away !!!! You and your children will love this book. So, I wish you all the best to win one of the copies !!

Here is how you can win :

1. Visit Mike Thalers website, and come back and comment to me one other book (not mentioned above) that he wrote.

2. Use feedburner and subscribe to my blog.

3. Follow my blog

4. Follow me on Twitter, I am @Plussizemommy

5. Tell me your funniest story that happened to you while with your children to church.

This giveaway is starting immediately and will end on Friday - February 20, 2009 at 5pm Eastern time. GOOD LUCK !!!

Each Comment = 1 entry and remember there will be 2 winners, which will be chosen by


Anonymous said...

I love books, I love kids' books for my grandkids, I especially love Christian kids' books, and I love discovering new books of all kinds. Thank you for this article introducing me to an intriguing new series of Christian kids books, including the Heaven & Mirth series, such as Moses Take Two Tablets and Call Me in the Morning. I will definitely be checking these out. :) Thank you, too, for this fun contest!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I enjoyed your blog, including reading about your Mike Thalers contest. I've just subscribed via feedburner to your RSS feed for another entry. :)

Anonymous said...

I just followed you on Twitter for a third entry. I am @SandwichINK :)

Anonymous said...

Just added SandwichINK as a follower :) Thanks again for a fun contest! :)

annies home said...

my daughter love the book series teachers from the black lagoon I would love to win to help my granddaughter learn these same books

The Halton Mom said...

The Dentist and The Black Lagoon. Please enter us for this great giveaway.

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Unknown said...

He also wrote Snarvy Cooper Series. This would be wonderful to win. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Just a few weeks ago my son was helping pass out the offering plates and sat through the adult service instead of going to his class. After the service we were talking to the Pastor and He asked my son how he liked the service. My son very politely told him that it was boring and not as much fun as his class! Luckily our Pastor is a very humorous fellow and laughed and told him he was probably right. It was shocking and funny all at the same time. Gotta love kids :)