For rambunctious boys, you can't do better than Shark Vs. Train.
[N]ot to be missed.
*Starred Review* Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners.
*Starred Review* This is a genius concept ... Just when readers will think the scenarios can't get more absurd, the book moves into even funnier territory. ... Lichtenheld's watercolor cartoons have a fluidity and goofy intensity that recalls Mad magazine, while Barton gives the characters snappy dialogue throughout.
*Starred Review* [I]maginative and very funny... The cleverly chosen contests reflect the imaginative powers of kids while retaining the consistent logic that's also essential to play. ... Energetic cartoon illustrations take full advantage of the visual possibilities. ... This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner.
Barton's imaginative and wacky scenarios are knocked home by Lichtenheld's ferociously funny artwork and will leave kids measuring up their dump truck and T-Rex for the next tale of the tape.
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Association of Indiana School Library Educators
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Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
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Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
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Texas Library Association
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