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Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

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Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#1 by anonanemone
» 25 Mar 2016, 12:03

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Shark in the Park" by Mark Watson.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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The Shark in the Park is a children's book with a unique and thrilling blend of the imagination and the realistic authored by Mark Watson and illustrated by Pablo Michau.

The sole character in this book is a grade school student named Michael. One day Michael is on his way to the bus stop for another day at school. As he is passing through the park to meet the bus, he spies a shark that is swimming through the ground! He barely avoids being eaten by the shark alongside his bookbag and the story carries on from there.

Despite the theme and the Jaws like great white shark, I did not find the book to be too scary for young children. The entire story is also written in short, but entertaining, rhyming verses. The narrative flows well but there are a few advanced words scattered through the book. I viewed these instances as teaching opportunities for my little audience. I also appreciated that the professional quality of the illustrations in this book. The dynamic graphics are perfectly in tune with the story. Michael and the shark seem to be in constant motion.

The first half of the test audience, my five year old son, loves The Shark in the Park and was thrilled by the every bit of the story. When asked what he likes about the book he has two answers. He loves that it has a shark that swims underground and he loves the ending. He always gets a huge kick out of the quirky conclusion of the story and loves to laugh about it. Go figure, a five year old boy who loves sharks. We also enjoyed discussing the content of some of the illustrations. In the interest of full disclosure, the other half of the test audience was not as interested in this book; but to be fair, three year old girls don't seem to be the target market here.

This book has themes of facing and conquering your fear. I like the fact that while at first Mark is terrified of the shark, he starts to find ways to confront it. This theme is emphasized by the lack of other characters within the book indicating that Michael must defeat his own fears.

The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson and Pablo Michau is a fun read for kids of preschool and elementary school age. Therefore, I give this children’s book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book for children, especially boys, who are between the ages of 4 and 10 and enjoy a bit of excitement in their stories.

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Re: Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#2 by kimmyschemy06
» 15 Apr 2016, 03:21

Sounds like a very enjoyable book for youngsters. It also sounds very helpful for children who are trying to conquer their fears in addition to being entertaining. Congratulations to Mark Watson on such a well-written book.
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Re: Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#3 by hsimone
» 15 Apr 2016, 05:01

Very well-written review, anonanemone! It sounds like a great story for kids. I think it's sweet that you had your son read it and shared his thoughts here. :)
Congratulations to the author for receiving such a positive review! :tiphat:
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Re: Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#4 by bookowlie
» 15 Apr 2016, 07:44

Great review! The book sounds like an enjoyable read that kids will want to read again and again. I love that you have your own in-home "tester." :)
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Post Number:#5 by Amheiser
» 09 May 2016, 23:12

This sounds like a great children's story. I like that it helps children learn how to conquer their fears. It seems like it is very well-illustrated also. I think this would be a good story to share with young children. Very nice and informative review!
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Re: Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#6 by hsimone
» 24 Jul 2016, 10:14

Great review! I really enjoy romance novel, and after reading the sample, this one seems to be right up my alley! Also, I find that the mix of genres to be intriguing, and I can see how it would add more to the story.
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Re: Official Review: The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson

Post Number:#7 by marknpablosocial
» 02 Oct 2016, 14:23

Thanks for the great review :)
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Post Number:#8 by Taylor Razzani
» 16 Oct 2016, 20:13

Great review! I love buying books for my niece and nephew and my friends' children. This book sounds great for all of them!
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