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The Whale Tells His Side of the Story: Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up! [Kindle Edition]

Troy Schmidt
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Book Description

Oh sure, we'll all heard the story of Jonah and the Whale a hundred times. But have we heard it from the perspective of the whale who experienced that history-making event?

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up! imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.

The "Parent Connection" feature will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened. There's even a free online app to make this bright retelling even more animated and interactive.

Editorial Reviews


A classic Bible story retold from the whale’s perspective depicts its divine encounter as parallel to that of Jonah. A fresh, contemporary attitude infuses the narrative voice: upon hearing God’s instructions to swallow a human, the whale responds, “A human? But they live on land. Land creatures taste like dirt. Yeech....” The whale swims as far from God as he can, but his escape proves as unsuccessful as Jonah’s; soon Dr. Crab, with tongue depressor and mirror, diagnoses the whale’s stomachache: “You swallowed some guy.” Jones, a graphic designer, offers full-bleed cartoons with flattened perspectives, bold outlines, marine colors, and characters with big round eyes. Schmidt, writer for The American Bible Challenge, stays true to the original story while also giving voice to God’s relationship with all creation, as when God explains Jonah’s mission of hope and tells the whale, “You are a part of that plan.” This playful, feisty interpretation retains the tale’s key theological themes of mission, disobedience, prayer, and repentance. A “Parent Connection” endpage provides guidance for discussion. Ages 4–8.
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Reviewed on: 04/15/2013

About the Author

 Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado's Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9806 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (November 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDX612S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshingly New Perspective May 2, 2013
I knew I was going to love this book by the title alone! Obviously the author has a sense of humor with a title like Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Going to Throw Up!

The subtitle to this is The Whale Tells His Side of the Story. Now who one earth has ever even thought of this? Troy Schmidt - that's who! I love it! What a brilliant take on the story! Even more brilliant than the concept itself is the whales parallel journey with Jonah.

Like Jonah, the whale was told by God he was going to do something for him, in this case, swallow Jonah. The whale said no way and tried to run away from God. Well you know the rest of that story! I thought it was so creative that the whale was doing the exact same thing as Jonah so it tells the same story but from a different perspective with the same message.

Like all of us, the whale had a part in God's plan, even if he didn't agree with it or understand it at the time he was given direction. What an important message to share with our children!

I am so excited that this is going to be a series and there are other Bible Stories I can share with my children with humor. Everything is better with laughter! If you don't believe me, just read Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Going to Throw Up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Entertaining May 2, 2013
When I read the title of this book, I started smiling and didn't stop till long after I had finished the last page.

We have all heard stories of Jonah and the Whale at some time in our lives. But, you've never heard one quite like this. In this delightful book we get to hear the whale's side of the story.

The whale tells how God told him to swallow Jonah, but he refused because humans taste like dirt. However, before he knew it he had swallowed Jonah and couldn't get rid of him. The whale goes on to explain what happened while Jonah was in his stomach and how he came to throw Jonah up on the shore after three days.

Author Troy Schmidt does a wonderful job explaining the story in such a way youngsters will never forget. Schmidt blends the elements of trust, obedience and understanding into an inspiring message. The whale, as well as Jonah, learned from the experience.

Youngsters will be enchanted by the book's beautiful illustrations by Cory Jones. The images will capture the attention of readers (of all ages) and make them eager to see what happens next.

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up is a fun way for youngsters to learn one of the many lessons from the Bible. This book will have you smiling as soon as you pick it up. A great reference tool for a youngster's library or youth Sunday School class. Schmidt puts a new twist on a popular Bible story that will entertain and inspire youngsters to learn more.

The book is geared toward youngsters ages 4 to 8, but will delight readers of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fish-eye view on Jonah May 1, 2013
This book, for kids 4-8 years old, has bright, colorful illustrations, and tells a story that is sure to capture the imagination of even the younger kids. The older ones will be entertained with the humor, but will also learn a lesson in obeying and trusting God that is very easy to swallow. The "Parent Connection" feature in the back will help adults make this even more entertaining with fun things to do, plus Scripture and questions to help the child think about what really happened and the importance of relying on God. There's even a free online app to make this story even more animated and interactive.

Really good book and is the first in a series! Other books available include Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain so I Can Get off Noah's Smelly Ark? and Hey God, I'm Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!

I only have 2 negatives to say. One is that Nineveh was misspelled on a sign (but I can fix that with a pen.) and the other is from the standpoint of a former librarian who had to enter media into the computer and print labels: long titles drive me nuts!! :) So, the 2 faults are my own little idiosyncrasies and will not distract most people.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parents/Sunday school teacher's must have July 18, 2014
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I purchased this book on my kindle to use as part of a Sunday school lesson for 4-6 year olds. We're going go use it to bring interest to a story that's been told many times, but never like this! I love taking something everyone knows and making it unforgettable and I know this will be a lot of help. I like the tips for parents and scripture references which made this even more useful as a lesson. Gave me the idea to cover our table and read it under the table like we're in the belly of the whale...even more fun for the kids! I believe I will do the whole series as a lesson and can't wait to use it. My almost 9 year old says she gives it 5 stars cause it's really funny.
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More About the Author

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ME and other books I have written at my website

I started writing for animation, with credits for such TV shows as "Dennis the Menace," "Heathcliff" and "Flintstone Kids." I found my way to Orlando and wrote three seasons on "The Mickey Mouse Club" the show that launched the careers of Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera.

GSN and the producers of "The American Bible Challenge" contacted me and asked me to help them put together a game show about the Bible. I joined them in Los Angeles and have worked with an amazing team through the pilot and three seasons. (

One of the highlights of my career was writing the video series of "Hermie & Friends," not only because I got to work with Max Lucado, an author whose writing style I connected with, but because I was able to write for Tim Conway and Don Knotts.

I have enjoyed my relationship with the online Bible GLO where I produced a documentary on the life of Jesus called "In His Shoes." What a thrill to walk in the paths of Jesus Christ and share thoughts about his life with Max Lucado and Norman Geisler. (

I am also on staff at First Baptist Church Windermere, Florida where I serve as a Campus Pastor. (

I also manage a Bible Answer blog called Reason for Hope ( where I answer hard questions about God, faith and the Bible.

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