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Friday 5 August 2011

Review: I’m a Shark

I was in love before I even opened this book. The illustrations grabbed me immediately. Simple, bold and very reminiscent of Mo Willams, who I adore.

Opening up the book and the writing is just as awesome as the illustrations. Giving the smug yet completely charming shark a certain cheeky twinkle.

Shark's not afraid of anything.

The dark?


A big mean bear?

Don't make him laugh!

But there is one thing that even Shark fears … Can you guess what it is?

I could see this being one that both child AND parent could enjoy repetitive reads of. Typography is gorgeous, characters are witty and the illustrations are to die for.

It is also a persuasive text, which seems to be a hot topic at the moment, as it is part of the 2011 Naplan writing task. (Persuasive writing is defined as writing in which the writer needs to convince the reader of his or her point of view or opinion.)

I don’t want to spoil too much about this book. Just look at the shark face on the cover … you know you want to!

Title: I’m a Shark
Author: Bob Shea
Publisher: Harper Collins, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: July 2011
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780061998461
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book