From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Flamingo and Anteater engage in humorous banter as they narrate stories related to the Old Testament. Get Me to the Ark joins a host of other picture books about Noah. This time the giraffes have the starring role. Although the other animals laugh at their long necks and legs, those attributes help them rescue the slow-moving turtles from the impending flood. Their unselfish love for others is rewarded when they have the honor of disembarking first at journey's end. Black uses Jacob's gift to Joseph of a multicolored coat as a jumping-off point for the tale of Gus, an unusual goat that loves to dive and swim. Jacob's elderly servant misunderstands his master's instructions and paints Gus to create a goat of many colors. Frightened by this treatment, Gus flees to a herd of wild goats that designate him as leader because of his unusual markings. He enjoys the privileges that come from being "top goat" until his orders almost lead to tragedy. When he dives in a pond to save a small goat, his paint washes away, and the others feel deceived. However, they all soon realize that each has a special, God-given talent. The color cartoon illustrations are pleasant but unexceptional. These picture books could serve as supplemental titles in church libraries open to using humor as a way to convey messages of faith.Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Get Me to the Ark on Time is a color cartoon heroic rescue story version of the biblical story of Noah and the Ark. Helps kids realize that sometimes a ridiculed, unusual trait or gift can be a hidden asset. Colorful, funny comic characters help the action and the laughter flow, and the ending caption (from the Bible) is “Gladly I reward all faithful followers everywhere!” Get Me to the Ark on Time is a wonderful Bible story retelling in kidspeak. (The Midwest Book Review