Saturday, March 27, 2021

Review of "Shark in the Park," by Nick Sharratt

 Review of

Shark in the Park, by Nick Sharratt ISBN 0763567329

Five out of five stars

A delightful big book for the beginning reader(listener)

This review is of the larger version

 At 20.5 inches by 14.5 inches, this book would be difficult for the youngest of readers to manipulate well enough to read it by themselves. However, it would be an excellent choice for a large reading circle where one person is reading it to a large group of children. The text is large enough so that it could easily be read by children several feet away.

 The story is humorous and is about a little boy in the park with his new toy, a telescope. Through it, he sees several optical illusions, all of which make him think that there is a shark in the park. In each case, it turns out to be something simple and a case of imagination going too far. It is constructed so that pages have a circular opening that mimics what the boy would see in the telescope, then when the page is turned, the reality is revealed. In the hands of a gifted presenter that would pause at the proper time and show what would be seen, this book will keep children riveted.

 It is highly recommended for all situations where an adult will be reading to one or more children.

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