Tue 15 May 2012
Throughout history, there have been some notable battles.
- David vs. Goliath.
- King Kong vs. New York City.
- The Green Bay Packers vs. the Chicago Bears.
Now, another battle for the ages can take its rightful place on this list — Shark vs. Train (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010).
This picture book, by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld, features a shark and a train fighting for bragging rights about who’s best at burping, playing video games, selling lemonade, raising money, trick-or-treating and more.
Neither contestant is willing to give an inch. And each one is convinced of his total superiority. And while their story is hilarious, they don’t see the humor.
Who really reigns supreme?
Let’s let today’s guest reviewer weigh in on this epic battle.
Our reviewer: Drew
Age: He just turned 5!
Things I like to do: Play baseball, build with Legos and play with my cars and trucks.
This book was about: A shark and a train playing games.
The best part was when: The shark and train went trick-or-treating and the shark got all the candy because the people were scared of him.
I smiled when: I smiled through the whole book.
I was worried when: The train lost all of his cars in the ocean.
I was surprised when: The shark and the train were doing stunts in the air.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Funny.” “Pretend.” “Crazy.”
My favorite line or phrase in the book was: When the shark had a lemonade stand and said to the scuba diver, “Whaddaya mean, ‘It’s a little watery’?!”
You should read this book because: If you like sharks or trains — they are doing silly things in this book.
Oh, Drew says the boys playing with the shark and train at the beginning of this book reminded him of when he plays with his cousin, Tyler. If they were the boys in the book, Drew would be the shark and Tyler would be the train.
If you’d like to learn more about author Chris Barton, visit his website.
If you’d like to learn more about illustrator Tom Lichtenheld, visit his website.