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Shark vs. Train Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-06-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 134 user ratings
ISBN:0316378143
LANGUAGE:English

" I read books to kids for a living so I am always looking for a fun read. This one is perfect. I love the premise. It has great art and will be wonderful for Kinders and First graders. There is a spread near the end that has the train and the shark jumping over a bunch of cars on motorcycles, one car has "A. Fonzerelli Leather Co." on it. Hilarious. The shark and train are "jumping the shark." I really like this book. " said.

" Shark vs. TrainDinosaur vs. Bedtime&Duck, Rabbit =VERSUS STORYTIMEComing soon to a library near you. " said.

" If professional wrestling were as thrilling as this book, I would never stop watching it. " said.

" Clever and over-the-top silly, a celebration of play. " said.

" I heard Alvina Ling speak about this book in 2009, the summer before it came out. You should have heard her say "SHHAAAARRRRRK! versus TRRRAAAIIIIIIN!"It's a great picture book. It's different, with a clear statement. I loved the spread that is meant to be turned 90 degrees since the action happens vertically across both pages. Well done! " said.

"I like this book, which pits a scary shark against a heavy train in a number of silly competitions. The first several times I read this book to my son, I struggled to figure out exactly what to say, especially as many of the pictures invite sound effects and need to be explained to a three-year-old. Now that I've read the book 50 times, though, I appreciate the complexity. Sometimes we spend more time with one picture/competition than the others, and so the experience is different every time I read it." said.

"Shark vs. Train surprised me a bit. I really wasn't expecting the kids to really like this book that much, but I was wrong. The text is pretty funny, the pictures are cute and easy for kids to process, and my 3 year old nephew got the concept of this book right away. Both kids were very interested to see who was going to come out on top in this contest between unlikely rivals.

This book is another that is perhaps a little challenging to read out loud, though. There are several conversational "bubbles" above the characters' heads throughout the story, and those are just always hard to translate to the kids without losing the flow of the story. I found myself having to include words in the story to make the transition between the narrator and the conversations between the characters more seamless. I just find books with this kind of approach to dialog to be a little harder to read out loud.
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"Here is why I like and review this book. It was just the comical neutralizer we needed around here, with the boys' continual rivalry and one upmanship between their toys. Who is the best, the fastest, the highest, the most amazing? Who wins?

This book plays with this question by matching up unlikely rivals, the shark and train (and even frames it within two boys picking the two out of the toy box).

Shark vs. Train. Who will win? Well ..... it depends on what the contest is. From sword-fighting, to high-diving, to selling lemonade. Through this story, we find that each have their strengths (and weaknesses) in what turns out to be an even-matched battle in the end. AND, more importantly, sometimes the contest is just plain silly. So lets put the toys (and comparisons) away and go eat lunch.

The illustrations, as well, were top notch. And that I really look for.

Do you have little boys? Go read them this fun book.
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