Santa Shark: A Great White Christmas

Orchard. Oct. 2023. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781338803952.
K-Gr 3–It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Edgar the shark cannot wait! As he prepares for a “verrrry special guest,” Edgar’s best friend, Lotta the crab, speculates who it could be. After several failed guesses, Edgar reveals that it is, of course, Santa Shark. He proceeds to tell his pal all about the Christmas traditions in conjunction with this legendary holiday figure of the ocean: Santa Shark builds toys with the “eelves” and his sleigh is pulled by “magical seahorses,” to name a few. However, a skeptical Lotta is far from convinced. Edgar decides to show her the Christmas spirit and joys of the holiday season, including baking cookies, hanging decorations, and mailing cards to loved ones. As their preparation concludes, they are still missing a key ingredient to making sure Santa Shark visits: snow! Lotta hatches a plan to make sure Edgar has the best Christmas ever as this sweet story of friendship and holiday cheer concludes. With bright colors, speech bubbles, dialogue balloons, and basic panels to break up text, this is a fun introduction to graphic novels for younger readers, and adults will also enjoy the various puns comically sprinkled throughout.
VERDICT Appealing to primary readers across several grade ranges, especially if they are shark lovers.

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