Shark and Bot: Sleepaway Champs by Brian Yanish

Shark and Bot: Sleepaway Champs by Brian Yanish. Stepping Stone, Random House, 2021. 9780593173381

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Graphic novel

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Shark and Bot are off to sleepaway camp. Camp Sweet Sunshine asks campers to “fill the world with giggles and glitter,” which presents some challenges to the besties, but they make the best of it. Shark writes poetry and avoids the haunted boys’ bathroom, and Bot continues to yearn for Space Camp. They rise to the camp’s challenge for the talent show finale with an epic rap and dance number with Betty, Shark’s stuffed wombat, and a new friend.

This is such a funny romp, with an unlikely friendship between two memorable characters, and the joys and challenges of camp as the setting. The language is perfect for early elementary readers, and the bright digital art is a hoot. There are facts about wombats at the end, and a drawing tutorial.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? For early grade graphic novel readers, especially those who have had to make the best of a questionable sleepaway camp

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 24, 2021

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