The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale Reviews

‘Here is a special book, beautifully produced with softly coloured, charming illustrations.’

Amazon/ Carousel on Saint Francis of Assisi


“The story of Jonah is full of ingredients that children love: a dangerous mission; a man on the run; danger at sea; an incredible whale rescue; and a grand finale about forgiveness. Amanda Hall and Joyce Denham give this classic tale their own special twist. The beautiful illustrations and dramatic story line make this a great read.”

— Amazon


‘The pictures are very beautiful, and the story well told and expanded from the Bible version, while still remaining true to it, for explanation and understanding. I really liked the art, and its different feels of the warm desert colors, the cool ocean colors, and the way the story is expanded in the details of the art (ie you can look at the picture of the Assyrian city and see different people doing “wicked” things, some people hungry while others are feasting, some people using others as slaves to do hard work, some people robbing others, etc). I would say that this telling is probably for children a little older, probably 6 or 7 years plus. My 5 year old enjoys it, but I don’t think she really understands what is going on in the story –not the fault of the telling, just that this is a complicated story to explain, and this one goes a little deeper than just telling how he was inside a fish for three days. This book will grow with us.’

Amazon/ txjanet


‘I bought my nieces and nephew several books and this one seems to be their favorite. After reading it, I wasn’t sure they would understand, but they did and loved it. Their ages are 2, 5 and 7.’

Amazon/ JT


‘This book was an impulse buy because it was inexpensive but it has become one of my family’s favorites. A beautiful, lyrical retelling of the bible tale with wonderful pictures and incredible insight into human nature. My three year old loves it and even quotes from it occasionally. What a delight!’

Amazon/ Holly Raphael