GILBERT THE HERO by Jane Clarke

GILBERT THE HERO

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Big brother shark thinks quickly and saves the day.

Gilbert the great white shark wants to take his new little brother, Finn, everywhere with him, but Gilbert's friend Rita Remora wants nothing to do the tyke, who, in her opinion, is too small to play with them. Indeed, Finn struggles on the see-saw and is too slight to play finball. He does like the seaweed swing, which Rita and Gilbert strap him into so that they can go skating. All of a sudden, the sea goes as dark as night and all the fish scatter; it's a killer whale! And he spots Finn, still strapped into the swing. Gilbert grabs the seaweed holding Finn just in time, but the whale doesn't give up. He chases Rita, Gilbert and Finn, who speed to a sunken fishing boat and elude the orca. All seems safe, but Gilbert gets a little panicky when he can't find Finn and Rita. They pop out of a barrel, laughing. Rita and Finn have become friends, and the trio swims off together. This slapdash story of brotherly love is not improved by undistinguished illustrations or a chase scene that feels an awful lot like any number of animated kids’ movies. The copyright page includes interesting facts about sharks, but their placement makes them likely to be overlooked.

This fish story smells stale already. (Picture book. 3-6) 

Pub Date: June 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4027-8040-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sterling
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2011




MORE BY JANE CLARKE

ChildrenDANCING WITH THE DINOSAURS by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke
ChildrenSTUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke
ChildrenGILBERT THE GREAT by Jane Clarke
by Jane Clarke

MORE BY CHARLES FUGE

ChildrenFRIENDLY DAY by Mij Kelly
by Mij Kelly
ChildrenTHREE LITTLE DINOSAURS by Charles Fuge
by Charles Fuge
ChildrenASTONISHING ANIMAL ABC by Charles Fuge
by Charles Fuge

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenSHARK-MAD STANLEY by Griff
by Griff
AdultDORY STORY by Jerry Pallotta
by Jerry Pallotta
ChildrenI'M A SHARK by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea