Shark vs. Train

By: Chris Barton

Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Who will win the showdown between a shark and a train? That depends on the game. Train has an advantage when roasting marshmallows or giving carnival rides; Shark gains the edge when going off a high dive or bowling (especially if chewing up the pins counts as a strike). But piano recitals, Extreme Zombie-Squirrel Motocross, and sword fighting on a tightrope may be too close to call-yet. "Next time, you're history, soot-spewer." "Next time, you're sunk, squid-slurper." Full-color artwork.

ISBN: 9780316007627

JLG Release: May 2010


Sensitive Areas: None,
Topics: Competition , Sharks , Railroad trains , Humor

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Awards & Honors

IRA Children's Choices 2011, Beginning Readers; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Picture Books; Best Books 2010: Picture Books; Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year 2011, Humor, ages 5-9

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

When one boy’s toy shark faces a companion’s toy train in a series of contests (high-diving, marshmallow-roasting, burping, etc.), the competition is as heated as the results are hilarious. Lichtenheld’s energetic illustrations provide visual humor and perfectly complement the cheeky text. An over-the-top reflection of imaginat

When one boy’s toy shark faces a companion’s toy train in a series of contests (high-diving, marshmallow-roasting, burping, etc.), the competition is as heated as the results are hilarious. Lichtenheld’s energetic illustrations provide visual humor and perfectly complement the cheeky text. An over-the-top reflection of imaginative play.

Horn Book

If a shark is pitted against a train, which would win? The answer depends on the contest: the train's belch is louder, but he's no match for the shark when jumping off the high dive. Barton's deadpan text--sparked with dialogue balloons that give the characters both personality and one-liners--is matched by Lichtenheld's spot-on visual humor. If a shark is pitted against a train, which would win? The answer depends on the contest: the train's belch is louder, but he's no match for the shark when jumping off the high dive. Barton's deadpan text--sparked with dialogue balloons that give the characters both personality and one-liners--is matched by Lichtenheld's spot-on visual humor.

Junior Library Guild


: • The contests between Shark and Train are hilarious, especially as they grow more ridiculous.
• Tom Lichtenheld’s artwork is full of energy and amusing details, such as a caboose that has a mind of its own.
• Readers will enjoy Shark and Train’s clever exclamations, comments, challenges, and complaints. Their banter becom

: • The contests between Shark and Train are hilarious, especially as they grow more ridiculous.
• Tom Lichtenheld’s artwork is full of energy and amusing details, such as a caboose that has a mind of its own.
• Readers will enjoy Shark and Train’s clever exclamations, comments, challenges, and complaints. Their banter becomes even funnier as they realize how absurd their competitions are becoming but are powerless to stop them.
• The ending—Shark and Train challenging each other even after they are back in the toy box—is just plain fun. Kids may be inspired to make up scenarios with their own toys.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316007627

First Release

May 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD220L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

Competition, Sharks, Railroad trains, Humor,

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