Shark Vs. Train

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

A New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller and finalist for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards

Shark Vs. Train

"I'm going to choo-choo you up and spit you out."

"Ha! I'm going to fin-ish you, mackerel-breath."

Who will win? Well, that depends...

Named one of the best children's books of the year by:

32 pages
Ages 4-8
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316007627

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Praise for Shark Vs. Train

For rambunctious boys, you can't do better than Shark Vs. Train.

Los Angeles Times

[N]ot to be missed.

The Washington Post

*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.

Kirkus Reviews

*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.

Publishers Weekly

*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.

School Library Journal

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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