Clark has invited all of his friends over for his first ever slumber party. It will be great! There’s just one problem. Clark is afraid of the dark. He sleeps with a nightlight and has to recite a rhyme to give him courage through the night. This just won’t do with all of his friends coming over. So what’s a shark to do?
Being afraid of the dark is a common childhood fear and Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale tackles this with a delightful angle. Sharks sit at the top of the ocean’s food chain, so they shouldn’t have a little fear of darkness. But, as a young shark, Clark is not much different than any other child. He has friends, he has fears, and he doesn’t want his friends to not like him because of his fears. Clark tries to be brave. He tries very hard. In the end, he learns that being a good friend, and having good friends, can conquer any fear.
I loved the message of this book. It’s clear, concise, and will appeal to all children with its vibrant illustrations. A child can even use Clark’s courage rhyme as their own if they battle with nighttime fears. That’s what I found to be most beautiful about this book. Clark the Shark is a perfect blend of humor and sincerity over a common topic and can stay with your child long after they’ve read the last page.