I loved Bob Shea’s illustrations in the book Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio, so when I saw I’m a Shark I had to pick it up. From the very fist line: I’m a shark! Aren’t I Awesome? I was hooked. This book is fun.
Sometimes we forget that kids are brand new to the world. As soon as they get to school we often pull the “fun rug” right out from under their feet. They are seen as test scores, and $$$. Often teachers worry more about what a book teaches them, then if the book teaches them to love reading. At times teachers worry more about the text level of the book than the quality. I’m a Shark is fun, and it will make kids want to read more. Isn’t that the point?
Let’s be honest. Kids love sharks. Sharks are cool. They are tough. Heck, they even have a week dedicated to them on television. In comes a shark that claims that he is cool and tough, when really he is just a guber that is afraid of spiders.
I love that at the end of this book Shark is still scared to death of spiders. Often it seems like books feel that they need to solve all the characters problems. Nope, we all got problems, and they don’t always get solved right away, but you know what. It is okay. If a shark is afraid of spiders, it is okay that I have issues my self (I’m scared to death of mice).
You don’t have to read I’m a Shark for the message. The message is there if you want it, and that is what makes it so great.