New York Times Bestseller
Parent's Choice Silver Honor
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
*"This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner."School Library Journal (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)
"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."Booklist
"Barton's deadpan text-sparked with dialogue balloons that give the characters both personality and one-liners is matched by Lichtenheld's spot-on visual humor."The Horn Book
If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?
"This is a genius concept." -- Publishers Weekly, 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, starred review
New York Times Bestseller
PreS-Gr 2—When a boy with a toy shark faces a train-wielding companion, it sets off a series of imaginative and very funny contests between fish and machine. The result of each battle depends on the setting. Shark wins at high diving, not surprisingly, while Train comes out on top when it comes to burping. Other face-offs are less immediately obvious: Train stretches vertically to triumph at basketball, while Shark's sharp-toothed clown costume works best for trick-or-treating. In some situations, neither combatant fares well: as Train comments on the scoreless video-game competition, "Sure would help if we had thumbs." The cleverly chosen contests reflect the imaginative powers of kids while retaining the consistent logic that's also essential to play. The notion of a shark and a train trying to be quiet in a library is absurd, for example, but the reasons why neither would succeed make perfect sense. Energetic cartoon illustrations take full advantage of the visual possibilities. Creative use of page space and perspectives gives a fresh look to each new battle. Just-right facial expressions capture the distinct personalities of the two competitors, including an evil grin from Shark at the Ping-Pong table and Train's uneasy look during a disastrous piano recital. Subtler visual details add to the humor, including a shark-jumping Fonzie reference that adults will appreciate. This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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- 2010 Parents' Choice Award for Picture Books
- 2011 Buckeye Children's Book Award->Grades K-2
- 2011 Children's Choice Book Award->Grades K-2 Finalist
- 2011 Children's Choices->Beginning Readers (Grades K-2)
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- Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Children 2010
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- Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Picture Books of 2010
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- Washington Post 2010 Best Books for Young Readers->Children
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Shark vs. Train
By Barton, Chris
Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersCopyright © 2010 Barton, Chris
All right reserved.
Who will win?
Well, that depends on if they’re…
in the ocean…
or on railroad tracks.
If they’re on a seesaw…
or in hot-air
or having a
It depends on whether
or going off
Running lemonade stands…
or giving rides at a carnival.
It can depend on who
gets to pick first…
and who deals
But who wins
or trying not
to get shushed?
Performing in a piano recital…
or playing Extreme
Exploring distant galaxies…
or sword fighting
on a tightrope…
End of the line.
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