Friday, September 25, 2009

Shark & Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure by Vivianne Schwarz

Release Date: Available Now from Amazon at a special bargain price!!


A silly shark and lobster are in a panic to ward off a land-bound menace in this comical ode to the power of suggestion, the joys of teamwork, and the fun to be found in a narrow escape.

Out in the sea, Shark told his friend Lobster one day: "Lobster, I'm scared!"

What could Shark possibly be afraid of? It seems somebody's told him
about a thing that's full of teeth and stripes, and now he's scared of . . .
tigers! Rumor has it these horrible creatures walk on their teeth, glow in the dark, and eat you up. Of course, there's nothing to be done but to build an undersea fortress that will shield Shark and Lobster from this terrible threat, and as word gets around, ocean friends from cuttlefish to spiky crabs get busy piling seven hundred rocks and an old piano to keep tigers away. But is their wall high enough to do the trick? Wouldn't a huge sea monster, big enough to swallow them all, do an even better job of protecting them?

I'll probably start reviewing at least one picture book a week, because I've been reading them to the kids and school. Some of them just really jump out at me as things I'd like to share and this most certainly falls into that category.

It came out back in 2006 and has apparently just been sitting on our library shelf gathering dust since then. I'm so glad I picked it up and decided to give it a read. It's an adorable story with incredibly fun dialogue and vivid pictures. A lot of the interaction between Shark and Lobster made me think of the Pigeon's voice from Mo Willems' awesome series.

It's a great story to read to any age and as proof, my kindergartners and first graders actually clapped after I finished the story and gave it the rave review of, "can you read it again?" Basically it was a hit and will now be a go-to book for years to come. Check it out!!

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