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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Tales from the Back Pew (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (January 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031071592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310715924
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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's sending me to church summer cramp---I mean, camp. The woods are full of poison ivy, and you become a mosquito burrito and eat in a mess hall. Yuck! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Known as America’s Riddle King, Mike Thaler 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 & Gamble, Hasbro, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and the U.S. Postal Service. He received a BFA degree from the John Herron Art Institute. He currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.

More About the Author

Known as America's Riddle King, Mike Thaler 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.

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I couldn't laugh either.
Steve Taylor
So, I read this book with my son the other day and reveled in the joy that revisiting a favorite author brings.
N. B. Kennedy
The illustrations by Jared Lee are very funny and do a wonderful job of accompanying the text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
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My son loved the Black Lagoon series, especially the Gym Teacher story. We still joke about a lap around the gym, a lap around the school, a lap around the world!

So kudos to ZonderKidz for signing up the talented Mike Thaler and Jared Lee for this series, Tales from the Back Pew. Too often, books written to impart a Christian message to children are boring, painfully earnest or outright embarrassing.

This book suffers somewhat from Christian seriousness. It's more wordy than the Black Lagoon books. But the puns and word play that Thaler is known for is there, along with Lee's busy artwork. You probably spend more time looking at what's going on in the drawings than you do reading the text.

I loved the scene in the movie The Blind Side where Sandra Bullock reads from a picture book to her "kids," all of them long past their single-digit years. So, I read this book with my son the other day and reveled in the joy that revisiting a favorite author brings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tabatt VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
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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 Church Summer Cramp, the main character is trying to process all that the pastor has promised them about the youth group's trip to summer camp. He's not quite sure how getting lost, becoming a mosquito burrito, and sleeping in tents are anybody's idea of a good time. In spite all his objections he remembers that God took care of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness wandering around lost and sleeping in tents. If God took care of the Israelites, he can trust that He will take care of him too. Besides, canoodling, throwing horses, and possibly running into Bigfoot sounds like it might be fun.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2010
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Going away to summer camp for a child can be exciting, but can also be very frightening as the narrator of Mike Thaler's children book, CHURCH SUMMER CRAMP reveals. He's going away to summer camp on a church retreat and is far from being thrilled. The prospect of getting lost in the woods, eaten by bears or giant mosquitoes, sleeping in a sleeping bag, and going to bathroom in an outhouse are kind of frightening. The narrator's mood changes when he remembers a story from church about God leading the Israelites in the wilderness and that helps the child think about the fun things he will be doing at camp. The illustrations by Jared Lee are very funny and do a wonderful job of accompanying the text. However, one of my favorite parts are the little cartoons at the bottom of most pages that don't really go along with the story. They give the book an added layer of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on April 30, 2009
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The title of this book, Church Summer Cramp, written by Mike Thaler, should give you an indication of what to expect from the text. The title is a play on words, as is most of the text. A young boy is headed for summer church "camp," and as you might guess, he's not looking forward to what he is convinced will be an "ordeal." The books starts out: "Our church youth group is having a summer cramp. It's called a retreat. I thought Jesus told us to go forward. Why would we want to retreat?" It continues in this zany manner through to the end.

With summer right around the corner, you might be planning on sending your child to a summer church camp. If so, this might be the perfect book for them. The two of you can laugh your way through the pages as you prepare your child for summer church "cramp!"

The illustrations by Jared Lee are cartoon-like with speech bubbles sprinkled throughout.

What I Like: Everything. What a delightful book! It reminds me of the Little Critter books (of which I'm a big fan) by Mercer Mayer.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 4-8 as the appropriate age group for this book. I think that's a bit too young, as most children in this age bracket would be too young to go off to camp by themselves. I think this book would appeal more to children about 8-12.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
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