I Am the Shark

I Am the Shark
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May 04, 2021
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What makes the great white shark (one of) the greatest fish in the sea? FIN-d out in this hilarious fish-out-of-water story that's perfect for Shark Week and all year-round!

Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you'll read all about ME--the greatest shark in the sea!

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest.

Did someone say fast? I'm Mako Shark, and I'm the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

Wow, I'm Hammerhead Shark. You don't need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now!

New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story filled with the greatest shark facts in the ocean!

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delightful and educational picture book about sharks
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I AM THE SHARK is a fun and educational picture book about self-confidence. A great white shark is introducing the reader to himself, but he is soon to learn that he is not the biggest, smallest, fastest, or other superlative shark. Through conversations with other sharks, who hold those superlatives, and pages with additional facts, children get to learn about sharks and laugh while doing it.

What I loved: The cartoonish images and silly conversations make for a delightful read. Facts are worked in through the text in a way that did not feel like nonfiction but manages to teach a lot about different sharks. The ultimate message of the story is about self-confidence - it's tough to be the best, as the great white shark learns, but that doesn't mean that he's not great at things. This additional lesson on top of the shark facts makes for a really fun story that children will enjoy in and out of the classroom.

I would recommend this book for elementary school aged readers so they will get the jokes and appreciate the denser learning pages with facts. The font is printed clearly and is easy to read, and the colorful illustrations make this one that is sure to be a hit. For sensitive readers, the shark does decide to chase down a snack (fish) although this is also cartoonish in depiction.

Final verdict: I AM THE SHARK is a delightful and educational book about sharks and self-confidence. This would be great in a classroom lesson about sharks, for shark enthusiasts, or just for fun at home.
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