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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The last thing ten-year-old Corey remembers (before the world as he knew it disappeared) was the searing pain in his head after falling while chasing his dog Molly into the woods. What happens next can't be explained as Corey wakes up and finds himself face-to-face with not one but two lions! Imagine. . .The Great Flood is the first release in an exciting, brand-new epic a ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Barbour Books (first published July 18th 2017)
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very excited that there appears to be a new series for kids on the horizon. The new series is entitled Imagine which pulls kids into a story to experience what it might have been like during a Biblical event. There are other series like this that have intrigued my children to experience different time periods and important timeline events. I like that this one focuses on Biblical events. This particular one was about the Great Flood.

My 12 year old son read this one in an afternoon. There we
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, first-reads
Imagine: The Great Flood by Matt Koceich “Imagine: The Great Flood” is a short, quick read. Combining a time-travel adventure with Biblical history, Koceich crafts an inspirational story for young readers, drawing parallels between the two. The tale opens in modern-day Texas, where ten-year-old Corey Max is having a hard time dealing with an upcoming move that his family will be making to Florida. He suddenly finds himself immersed in ancient Mesopotamia, where preparations for Noah’s ark are al ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Corey's story begins in the present day. He falls while chasing his dog, Molly and wakes up to the year 2400 BC in Mesopotamia. This children's adventure story brings the story of Noah's ark to life. It is creative and has a lot of action. The book is written for children ages 8 to 12. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is the first in the Imagine series. I received a copy of the book from Goodread's Giveaways for a review.
Diana Montgomery
I found this story to be awesome. I believe kids would love the view of the Great Flood. A wonderful adventure back in time for 10 year old Corey. After a fall running after his dog Corey wakes to 2 Hugh lions beside him. Adventure of Noah and the flood. Things weren't so bad now the thought of moving compared to what he is going through now. How will he ever get back home. This story is wonderful. It kept me glued to the pages to see what was going to happen next. Very well written. First I hav ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An absolute treasure of a book to read, short but so tangibly real!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series, a boy finds his faith in this and gets to meet Jonah and his sons, wow :)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the great flood author has done one magnificent job on retelling the story of Noah and the way that Inbetweeners and could fall in love with it and so could fall in love with it and also learn a lesson on other subjects too. I loved it when he arrived in the was time and there he was standing face-to-face with the lion and Lioness man was he scared and I would have been praying so hard just like he was and guess what happened well I'm not going to tell you – you have to read it for yours ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, juvenile
*This is an ARC from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.*

I little intense at times, but enjoyable to older kids (9-12). . It is a very interesting take on the Noah Flood story.
Sep 05, 2018 added it
Shelves: childrens
Good story, written well. It has action, and suspense. I would not only recommend it, I'd buy it for children who I wanted them to learn to love reading.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Children have a wonderful imagination; have you ever taken the time to just sit back and watch them, listen to them? Their childlike wonder is something that we sometimes lose as we get older.

The Imagine series by Matt Koceich taps into a child's imagination and make biblical stories come alive in a way I've not previously considered. Imagine the big cats rubbing against your legs the way our domesticated cats do; or elephants using their mighty trunks to save a young boy from a pit.

After a mis
Stephanie Allen
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be on Noah's Ark? Well this book will take you back in time to the days of Noah and his sons trying to gather the animals on the ark. Children have huge imaginations, just like ten-year-old Corey, who imagines what it must have been like in the days of Noah. Through his journey, Corey learns that he needs to trust God no matter what instead of relying on himself.

There are some things in this book that are not in the Bible, so
I first accidentally stumbled across this book earlier this summer and immediately thought of Munch. He is just as much a bookworm as I am and can spend hours reading, if there’s no electronics available. However, the summer dissipated into weeks with his Dad and time in California with his grandparents. I was alternating a day here or there with his Mom. Makes it hard to really dive into a book of substance. Before I knew it school was back in session and with his alternating weekends between M ...more
Lynda Edwards
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The “I Survived” series of books has been incredibly popular in my household, so I was excited to see something similar coming from a Christian publishing house. I found a compelling story that relates to what my family is going through right now and a reminder that we can trust God, whatever we face.

Somehow, while going to get his dog from the woods near a park, Corey finds himself thrust back in time to the days Noah and his family are loading the animals onto the ark. Not only that, there is
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Imagine. . .The Great Flood" by author Matt Koceich is a juvenile fiction book. This paperback has a picture of a boy's back as he stands on deck watching raging waters all around him. The sky looks stormy. Having only 110 pages this is a short adult read and for many children. The author created his "Imagine" series to bring the "Bible to life for curious kids ages 8 to 12, as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental event."

The first page of the book starts "thousands of
Beckie Burnham
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced action and adventure is what you get with Matt Koceich’s book for kids, Imagine . . . The Great Flood. The first book in the Imagine series, this novel takes main character Corey from his suburban neighborhood to the site of Noah’s Ark and the ensuing flood. This imaginative book gets your child thinking about the familiar Bible story by putting them right in the middle of the action.

Ten year-old Corey is disappointed that his family will soon be moving from Texas to Florida. Faced wi
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
What a fun way for young readers to experience the story of Noah's Ark! Now, I'm not a huge fan of time travel stories, but having a modern day 10 year old boy travel back in time gives young readers an instantly relatable character to experience the past through. Along the way, we also experience Corey Max's increasing understanding of faith.

Corey is facing a move from his Texas home to Florida, and resenting having to leave his friends behind. Thrown back in time to 2400BC Mesopotamia, he meet
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, childrens
This book series is similar in premise to the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series kn that they are both Christian juvenile series in which the character(s) from contemporary times are transported back to a biblical event. They are both well done, and would hold a child's interest, and both, taking the necessary creative license to write such a story, remain pretty biblically accurate. The scrolls series, however, while maybe written on a slightly younger reading, has a more innocent feel to it, ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-reviews
A quick read for any 8-12 year old, inspiring them to trust God in spite of tough circumstances. A young boy, Corey is struggling with the fact that his family is moving. He doesn't understand God's ways. While playing in the park on day, he takes a fall, which transports him back in time a few thousand years to Noah's time. While there, he meets Noah and sons, helps herd the wild animals toward the ark, and ends up chased by giants - the Nephilims. Corey learns a very important lesson from his ...more
Katelyn Kuipers
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I purchased this book, I thought it would be interesting. I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. My students loved the "I Survived" series by Scholastic, and this series is similar, but covers events recorded in the Bible.

In this story, Corey is taken back to the days before the flood and has to help Shem get the animals onto the ark before the flood begins. It would be an easy task as the animals are all ready and willing to go, but the earth's inhabitants are not only mocking No
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corey is a ten year-old boy who doesn't like the decision his parents have made. Why do they have to move to Florida? All of his friends and his school are here in Texas. He tries to think of anything he can to keep them where they are, but the decision is out of his control. His dads' new job is in Florida. How can his mother keep telling him that things may change but God never does? Can he really trust God to make this a good move?

Corey sees the storm coming and goes chasing his dog into the
Sherri Myers
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IMAGINE...The Great Flood by schoolteacher Matt Koceich starts off with ten-year-old Corey Max tripping over a log as he ran after his dog in the park and somehow suddenly finding himself struggling to survive the churning waters of The Great Flood in the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. Corey then meets Noah and his sons and helps them round up the animals to go into the ark, and also has to help fight the giants determined to keep them from doing so.
This book is geared toward kids aged 8-12
Connie Saunders
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine The Great Flood is a juvenile fiction book recommended for ages 8-12 but it certainly held my attention! Being chased by giants, encountering wild animals, and being swirled around in the ocean are some of the adventures that ten year old Corey Max experiences after losing consciousness from a blow to his head and somehow being transported back to the time of The Great Flood and the huge Ark that God instructed Noah to build.

I applaud Matt Koceich for writing a juvenile fiction book that
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine: The Great Flood, written by Matt Koceich, is a story of a 10 year old boy, Corey, who is struggling with having to move from Texas to Florida for his father’s job. One day while chasing his dog in the woods, he falls and hits his head. He wakes up in Mesopotamia in 2400 B.C.

While in Mesopotamia he meets up with Noah’s sons who are rounding up animals to take them to the ark. While they are getting the animals they are being chased by superhumans. Corey prays to God for help and thinks a
Anne Rightler
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine...The Great Flood by Matt Koceich is a time travel tale for youngsters. Corey is walking his dog, talking with his mom about moving across the country when all of sudden he finds himself on a side of a hill facing two majestic, yet vicious lions. And with that 10-year-old Corey's adventure with Noah and his sons begins. Who are these Hulk-like giants? Who is Elizar with a staff that has wisps of blue light arcing from the top of it? Why does he want Corey to come with him? The story is n ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I review all kinds of Christian books, and they are not always geared for a guy my age... as is the case with this one. Imagine.....The Great Flood is the first in a series of books for 8-12 year olds.

In the book, 10-year-old Corey goes back in time to when the Great Flood is about to happen. The author had a great idea with this series, and I was impressed with this first book. Some of what the author wrote about, such as the Nephtilum, are his idea of what things were like, but they don't de
Debra Slonek
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
A very readable and engaging book. The targeted audience is 8-12 year olds, but I am an adult woman and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ten year old Corey is struggling with the fact that he and his family are about to move from Galveston, Texas to Clearwater, Florida. He is worried and anxious about many things, including starting in a new school and making new friends. Corey has no idea how amazingly God is going to teach him to trust and obey.

While still in Galveston, Corey falls and hits his head wh
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Imagine The Great Flood" by author Matt Koceich is a juvenile fiction book. With only 110 pages this is a short adult read to children book. It is powerful and I can see how this would be the perfect bed-time story read as the Bible comes to life for children of all ages as they wonder what it would be like to live through the time of Noah and his family. This book is descriptive, actions packed and the way the story unfolds will captive the hearts of children as they think they are going to lo ...more
C.E. Hart
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Imagine: The Great Flood is a fast-paced adventure story for ages 8-12. It reveals the struggles of a young boy, Corey Max, when he learns he and his family will be moving from Texas to Florida. It’s difficult to leave his friends and school for the unknown.

After falling and hitting his head, young Corey is transported back to Bible days, when Noah and his family were gathering and guiding the animals to the ark. Corey faces confusion, dangers (including giants!) and doubts, but he ultimately le
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jam-packed, full of action-from the very first page! Corey, a young boy is saddened by the fact that his family has to move from Texas to Florida. His mom tries to explain to him, that God will be with them no matter where they live at, he kind of understands.

He is at the park with his mom and his dog Molly one day, he's playing fetch with Molly, throwing a ball for her. He throws the ball for her and she runs after the ball, but doesn't come back, so he runs to see what has caught her attentio
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bump on the head can really do funny things to Corey. Out walking his dog Molly, a German shepherd, with his mom, complaining about their upcoming move from Galveston, TX to Florida, a storm is approaching. When Molly starts barking from the woods Corey goes to investigate and ends of back in time in another world! Lions? Shem? 2400 B.C.? Nephilim?

In this, the first book in the series, the author does a FANTASTIC job of capturing the evil of the day along with the task of getting the animals o
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Matt Koceich is a husband, father, and public school teacher. Matt and his family live in Texas.

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