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I AM THE SHARK by Joan Holub


by Joan Holub ; illustrated by Laurie Keller

Pub Date: May 4th, 2021
ISBN: 978-0-525-64528-3
Publisher: Crown

Swim in the world of sharks with this fact-filled picture book.

The great white shark may not actually be that great. A representative of the species is the narrator of this informative picture book, but each time the shark attempts to claim great status—biggest, sneakiest, fastest, etc.—another shark from a different species lays claim to that title. As the conversation continues, readers will learn facts about great whites as well as a smattering of information about their cousins. The book’s one-upmanship tone is humorous and will amuse readers who may be familiar with similar conversations in the schoolyard or at home among siblings. Adept educators and librarians may be able to use this book for smaller-group storytimes, but the detailed artwork is best suited for the lap, allowing readers to pore over the cheerful, collaged illustrations. A small list of recommended reading will help caregivers find more information about sharks—a great addition because many readers will be bitten by curiosity. The introduction of a bear-y unusual sea creature at the conclusion tantalizes readers with the possibility of a sequel.

This title will be swimming off the shelves.

(Informational picture book. 6-12)