The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson is a cute little story which will tickle the creative and imaginative minds of all small kids. Michael is walking to school one day when he sees something swimming beneath the trees. It looks like a shark; blue above, white beneath, and with a huge fin. Michael cannot believe his eyes. He runs as the shark chases him. The shark eats his homework and Michael misses his school bus. Michael decides to catch the shark and he goes with his dad’s helmet and fishing pole to the park. Will Michael be able to catch the shark?
The story is adorable and the way Michael tries to catch the big shark every day is exciting to read. The book has a very good message of how to confront one’s own fears and overcome them in the best possible way. The ending is really cute and unusual and the illustrations complement the story, the scenes and the characters very well. The illustrations also help in giving pace and movement to the story. The rhyme scheme makes it even better and more enjoyable for kids while reading out loud. The story line is great and the thought of seeing a shark in a park is very imaginative and original. The book makes a good bedtime storybook and both grandparents and parents can read it out to their grandkids and kids. The book also makes a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Pablo Checa (March 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8461687531
- ISBN-13: 978-8461687534
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 Stars (42 Customer Reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original and Funny in the End – Not Terribly Scary!
March 28, 2014
This review is from: The Shark in the Park (Kindle Edition)
What a treasure this wonderful illustrated children’s book is. The author has a wonderful imagination and kids are going to love this rhyming story and the fantastic pictures. I really loved this illustrated children’s book and know my grand-kids would enjoy reading this again and again. Great job and a great read!
Michael knows the shark has sharp teeth and can be dangerous; he is terrified the shark will eat him! In order to stay alive Michael jumps onto a roundabout in a play area within the park but shark leaps up from under the roundabout and Michael’s schoolbag “is ripped to shreds by mighty jaws”—his homework has been eaten by the mighty shark! I can only imagine what it must have been like for Michael to tell his teacher in school that his homework was eaten by a shark in a park!Of course there’s more to the story than just this. Michael tries very hard to fight the fearsome shark each day “with a different technique.” Michael even wants to fight the shark at night when he’s supposed to be in bed! Will this work out for Michael—can he catch the shark and/or be rid of it somehow? I won’t give out spoilers but I will add that kids also learn that it’s important to confront your fears just as Michael continues to fight the shark.I highly recommend this fine illustrated children’s book that is certain to entertain young kids while sending them a positive message about the importance of confronting one’s fears. I only wish I had such wonderful illustrated children’s books when I was a kid!
Please, Mark and Pablo, give us more of your superlative illustrated children’s books for young children!
We, the readers, are the winners. Their shared sense of creativity and sensitivity as well as a natural sense of what will entertain a child and provide some important character building blocks is not only evident here- it shines!The story shares the morning walk of Michael on his way to school, stopping by the park on his way where he notes something terrifying: `There’s a shark in the park! How can this be? These terrible beasts live in the sea.’ The shark’s visible fin breaks through the turf’s surface. Michael jumps n a roundabout to escape the advancing shark, but the shark undermines him and surfaces, tossing Michael and his schoolbag in the air and chomping Michael’s homework materials in this vicious teeth. Michael runs after the departing school bus and the shark sinks out of sight. Daily Michael battles the shark in the park until one night, armed with his dad’s helmet and fishing pole he casts for the shark, and reels him out of the ground and into his gold fish bowl. `Now here he is the fearsome beast, fat, content and tame. Bobbing around on the mantelpiece between some books and a picture frame.’ Michael has overcome fear, put his ingenuity and courage to the test, and comes out the winner!This is pure delight on every level – the rhyming verse is sophisticated in style yet accessible to children, the story is fun to read, and the illustrations more than enhance the story – they complete it. Mark and Pablo have a very strong career in store. More please! Grady Harp, March 14