A Special Fish for Jonah: Because God Has a Job for Everyone is written and illustrated by Andy McGuire  and published by Harvest House in 2010.

What an imaginative twist on the favorite Bible story of Jonah and the big fish! The first pages catch the reader up on the story in case they are not familiar with it. Then the angelfish is asked by God to find just the right fish for a special job. The reader travels through the seas and meets brightly colored fish that are too skinny or too small or too flat or too scary. (The picture of an imaginary fish with red and yellow pointy fins is great.) A masked fish tries to fool the angelfish but she isn’t fooled.

The angelfish is about to quit when she sees a fish hanging out all alone. She discovers he’s called the specialfish. It’s what his mom calls him. He’s so big. And what makes him a little weird is that he eats big things. Children will delight in how he has swallowed everything from furniture and tools to treasure chests and small boats.

The angelfish hires him for the job. They wait for the storm along with the other fish. Kids will love the illustration of the specialfish swallowing Jonah, his two feet sticking out.

Some of the book’s humor is too sophisticated for the youngest readers but it will give parents some chuckles. The theme that God may have special plans for people will warm the hearts of both children and adults.

The book includes a helpful glossary with detailed art showing the fish depicted in the story as they really are. I call this a book that grows with the child. It will be taken off the shelf and read year after year.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.”

She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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