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Monday 7 December 2020

Review: Santa Jaws

Santa Jaws is a fishy, festive, rhyming story of a shark and a squid, set in the deep sea on Christmas eve.

When a clever Christmas loving shark named Shelly sets out to share some cheerful fun with the other ocean animals, they steer clear, assuming it is a trick or a trap; after all Shelly is a shark. Then, a wide-eyed squid named Sid who also loves Christmas is lured into Shelly’s dark cave by the temptation to meet Santa Claus, many moments of anticipation prevail. 

It’s safe to say that this isn’t a Christmas disaster, and while there are a few pages of concern, everything works out jolly fine. The new and unlikely duo work together to give their fellow ocean creatures a very ‘Merry Fishmas!’ and a nice message about sharks not being as scary as they seem, stands strong.

Gorgeous artwork with Christmas colours and illustrations which show swift, floaty movement set the ocean environment wonderfully. I loved looking at all the gorgeous creatures and discussing what they are with my children. We were particularly interested in the cheerful-looking anglerfish and the cute shellfish, we even researched their species later.

Santa Jaws would be a splendid gift, and Christmas season read. Mark Sperring and Sophie Corrigan are also the creators of Mince Spies which is another fabulously fun Christmas story.

Title: Santa Jaws
Author: Mark Sperring
Illustrator: Sophie Corrigan
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $14.99  
Publication Date: 3 November 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408897812
For ages: 0 – 5
Type: Picture Book