by Amy Kraft on August 17, 2013


First there was Shark Week. Then came a Sharknado. But it was when a shark was found riding the N train that I thought maybe I should read up a little bit on our friend, the shark. Fortunately, some books on sharks have made their way to me to review.

Discovery captures its Shark Week in book form with Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Shark. Packed with tons of information and 400 photographs of all different kinds of sharks and their underwater habitats, you learn about everything from shark anatomy to different shark orders to how sharks hunt. Sharkopedia really puts you in the frame of mind of Team Shark. There’s a section on favorite food with an amazing picture of a shark hunting an adorable, defenseless sea lion, but by the time you get to that point you’ve learned so much about sharks that you’re rooting for the shark and not the sea lion. The book even answers questions like, “Do sharks walk?” which would really explain that whole shark on the subway thing. Sharkopedia brings out the huge biology nerd in me, and Shark Week fans are sure to enjoy it.


But sharks have feelings, too. Nugget and Fang tells the story of two best friends, Nugget the minnow and Fang the shark. They did everything together… until school started for Nugget. At School, Nugget heard stories like “The Three Little Minnows” that were terrorized by the big, bad shark. In math class Nugget has to answer subtraction problems about sharks eating minnows. But Fang would never do that, would he? The other minnows convince Nugget to stay away from Fang. Lonely Fang then tries everything he can think of to convince the minnows he means no harm. He has to save the lives of the minnows before they realize he’s not a threat. It’s a sweet story, but I love that the front cover says, “Friends Forever—or Snack Time?” The story, even at the end maintains that tension. Will they always be friends? Or might one day Nugget become lunch? It’s that weird feeling I have watching Dinosaur Train—will the family be happy forever, or will Buddy grow up and eat his Pteranodon siblings?


Clark the Shark is another underwater school book, but this time the shark gets to go to school. Clark the Shark is that kid. He’s the kid that plays a little too rough and too loud and can’t sit in his seat while the teacher is talking. Instead of Theodor Roosterfish Elementary adapting to his kinesthetic learning style, the teacher tells him, “Stay cool.” So Clark develops little rhyming strategies for himself to stay cool in situations instead of being disruptive. When equally disruptive Sid the Squid starts school, Clark helps him out with a few pointers. This is a cute book to read to your spirited little shark.

See? Now I know all about sharks. Oh, and I was happy to hear that the shark on the subway mystery was solved.

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