SHARK VS. TRAIN by Chris Barton
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SHARK VS. TRAIN

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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With two boys at a toy chest, one clutching a shark and the other a train, thus begins the most unlikeliest of competitions. Who will win—shark or train? Well, it does depend on the situation. If underwater, the shark will surely triumph. But at roasting marshmallows? The train beats the shark’s soggy mess every time. From one wacky circumstance to the next, from bowling to hot-air ballooning, there is always a clear winner. Until, suddenly, there is not. Both the shark and the train are not very good at playing hide and seek. They also stink at video games (“Sure would help if we had thumbs”). Just when the competitors can’t bear it any longer, it’s time for lunch. The boys toss them carelessly aside—until next time, that is. Lichtenheld’s snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants’ expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It’s hard to choose; both are winners. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-316-00762-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010




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