Big Shark, Little Shark- written by Anna Membrino, illustrated by Tim Bedgen


      Big Shark, Little Shark– written by Anna Membrino, illustrated by Tim Bedgen, Random House, 9780399557286, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Genre:  Easy/Early Reader

What did you like about the book? Big Shark and Little Shark have a lot of opposite qualities, but they are both hungry.  The repetition makes this a great addition for early readers looking for a small adventure.  Not only do the illustrations complement the text, but the colors and lines set the scene of an underwater world perfectly, even adding small details such as watery light reflecting from the backs of each shark!  The background presents a variety of flora and fauna, each exhibiting a worried expression for the next potential meal, adding another level of story and interpretation for little readers.

Big shark and Little shark find a creative solution that leaves them working together; teamwork!

Anything you didn’t like about it? None!  If you have a young reader fascinated with sharks, they will enjoy the story here.  From experience, it’s common for some children to develop anxiety about a story about predators versus prey, so be sure you find the right reader for this type of story.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for children who know their alphabet and basic phonics and are ready to read.  While this is more complex than other Step Into Reading Level 1 books (i.e. Margaret Wise Brown’s I Like Stars), this book still build on early reader concepts.  A great match for young ones interested in sharks (and we know there are plenty of those!).

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Easy/Early Reader collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Nope.  Just keep it in mind for Reader’s Advisory.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: May 28, 2017

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