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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Jumbo Shrimp of Dire Straits, by Kristen and Kevin Collier


The Jumbo Shrimp of Dire Straits, by Kristen and Kevin Collier, takes us from the depths of despair in “Dire Straits,” through serious peril at sea, and finally to safety at the Cape of Hope.  Captain Luther of the S.S. Hope B’Gone shrimp boat faces certain disaster if he and his crew can’t increase their shrimp catch.  Tales of a jumbo shrimp lure them out to sea where they come under attack when the huge shrimp destroys the ship and leaves them hopeless. 
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All seems lost when Captain Luther asks the Lord to help them.  The Good Lord responds to Captain Luther’s prayers by commanding the jumbo shrimp to rescue Luther and his crew.  They land in Paradise, at the Cape of Hope.  The message is clear:  the Good Lord will save you from the despair of your Dire Straits and deliver you to Paradise through Hope, if you but call upon Him.

This book is filled with verses in rhyme, exciting sea adventures, and powerful images of monster-sized sea creatures to entice young readers.  There are references to David-and-Goliath and Jonah-and-the-Whale for young Bible scholars.  The rescue by the Good Lord, through the jumbo shrimp is the ending that satisfies completely. 

This story shows us our faith in God will see us through hard times, struggles against impossible odds, and bring us safely through our faith and hope to paradise.  Thanks to Kristen and Kevin Collier for this entertaining moral lesson presented in a vivid and exciting story.

Available through Guardian Angel Publishing, www.guardianangelpublishing.com

4 comments:

  1. This is such a cool book for boys. Kevin and Kristin's imagination is awesome. His illis aint bad either!!!

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  2. This sounds like an exciting story to capture children's attention and imagination while providing a wonderful lesson for them. Congratulations to Kristen and Kevin for another great book, and thank you for sharing the review, Penelope.

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  3. An inspiring story and one worth sharing. Thank you all.

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