Books by Mike Thaler

Released: Feb. 1, 2009

The creators of the Black Lagoon stories team up again for a new series called Tales from the Back Pew, focusing on introducing basic Christian concepts in a lighthearted (and often irreverent) way. A nine-year-old boy goes to church for the first time, one with a monster minister and mixed human-monster congregation. The young narrator offers humorous commentary on aspects of the traditional church service, recaps a few well-known Bible stories and offers a brief survey of his own ideas about God and heaven. He concludes that he likes church and wants to return with his friends. Lee's loose, cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and ink add considerable appeal, including plenty of speech balloons with pithy comments as well as spot illustrations of characters offering side comments within the short text. Some adults may be taken aback by some of the humor (the Bible is "full of stories about weird people"); most children will find it entirely appealing. Other titles in the series are Church Summer Cramp, Easter Egg Haunt and Mission Trip Impossible (ISBNs: 978-0-310-71592-4; 978-0-310-71591-7; 978-0-310-71590-0). (Picture book/religion. 5-9) Read full book review >
PIG LITTLE by Mike Thaler
Released: June 1, 2006

Deceptively simple poems and warmly realistic watercolor illustrations evoke the highly imaginative world of a child's often poignant and occasionally amusing discoveries. A series of free-verse poems follows Pig Little and his family from their cozy home to the beach where Pig Little wanders off to enjoy his own series of seaside adventures, which children will find pleasingly familiar. At noon, hungry Pig Little discovers that his lunch is "more SAND / than / WICH." As the day wears on and the sun descends, he finds himself hoping that the ocean won't douse its fire. Back at home, Pig Little realizes that he has not really left the beach. After all, he's still got a treasure trove of shells, some sand from his cap and the sun's warmth lingering in his skin. An accessible work that welcomes children to the world of free-verse poetry as it invites them to delight in the day at the beach it renders so artfully. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)Read full book review >