Thursday, July 27, 2017

Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley -- ADVISABLE

Manley, Curtis Shawn Loves Sharks, illustrated by Tracy Subisak. PICTURE BOOK. Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 2017. $17.99. Content: G.

Shawn is crazy about sharks -- the way they swim, the way they hunt, and especially the way they chomp. If there's a shark movie or book out there, he's got it -- and he knows it by heart, too. So when his class studies predators, and someone else gets to learn about sharks while he has to learn about lowly leopard seals, Shawn is devastated. But maybe, through research into both seals and what it takes to be a friend, Shawn can learn a whole lot more than he'd expected.

This is a great story about a bully-turned-friend, about discovering new interests, and about sharing. Children who love sharks with a die-hard passion will understand Shawn's obsession, but it's the illustrations I particularly adore. The pictures are expressive and dynamic, adding so much to the story. I also appreciate that they represent a wide range of diversity among the students, which feels very true-to-life. I will likely use this one in a class lesson this year to show how to use illustrations when inferring character emotions and reactions.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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