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Meet at the Ark at Eight Hardcover – September 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802854109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802854100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ulrich Hub is a German writer, actor, director, and screenwriter. He has written several plays for children as well as for adults. Meet at the Ark at Eight is his first novel. Ulrich lives in Germany.

J�rg M�hle studied art in Paris and has been a freelance illustrator since 2000. He has also worked as a professor, and has published a number of titles for children in German. J�rg also lives in Germany.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on March 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to see if it was appropriate for our church bookstore - it is not! The author has, as another reviewer stated, turned the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark on it's ear. It's told from the viewpoint of 3 male penguins on board and an angry dove who apparently manages the ark while Noah does nothing. The off-the-original story has made God and the biblical point of this event insignificant. The dove has to tell all the creatures of the world that only two of them must get to the ark (never a mention of male and female). He forgets to bring another dove and in the end "marries" the 3rd stowaway penguin to fool Noah as they disembark. An adult or young person unfamiliar with the story will have a distorted version, and a person who understands the biblical story will be uncomfortable at best.
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By Oropher505 on February 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I loved it! It is both a funny penguin story and quite thought provoking on a different level as labfs39 already said. I read it in German and the writing itself was witty too. 5/5 penguins!
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Format: Hardcover
My 9 year old daughter and I read this short book in a few sittings and found it charming and funny. The author takes a perennial favorite story, Noah's ark, and turns it on its ear. Younger children might simply find the story fun. The two chosen penguins don't want to leave their young, irascible, yet endearing friend behind when they leave for the ark. So the two smuggle him aboard in a suitcase. The high jinx are wonderfully illustrated by [[Jörg Mühle]]. Discerning middle readers might pick up on more difficult questions, such as Why would God choose to punish even animals with the deluge? Why does the young penguin commit an evil act? Why is he forgiven? Can even God make mistakes? And there is an even subtler layer. The author has chosen to make the two penguins chosen to be saved on the ark male. Only through a careful watch of pronouns is this obvious. And when the two penguins disembark, there are indeed three of them, although through adoption/friendship not procreation, and one of them marries a dove. So whether the book is enjoyed as a witty children's story, a religious thought-provoker for middle readers, or a social commentary, I would recommend zipping through it for it's unique take on an old story.

Note: I read an uncorrected proof.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. H. Westing on January 14, 2013
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Why this book ever originally got published in Germany is beyond me. And then for some presumably respectable foundation to pay for its translation and US publication suggests nothing more than the involvement of nepotism or some other even more despicable form of corruption. The book has simply no redeeming feature (whether as to text or illustrations) for potential readers of any age or persuasion. The biblical Noah story is distorted and trivialized, the occasional humor is infantile, and any possible uplifting take-home message, if there is one included, is too obscure to recognize. Enough said. --- Arthur H. Westing, Putney, Vermont
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