Shawn Loves Sharks

illus. by Tracy Subisak. 32p. Roaring Brook. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626721340.
PreS-Gr 2—Shawn loves sharks more than anything, except maybe pretending to be a shark and chasing his classmate Stacey around the playground. So when Shawn finds out about a class assignment on predators, naturally he wants to choose sharks, since he already knows everything about them, has watched every shark movie, and has "127 shark books." Shawn's teacher, however, has something else in mind when she has the students each select a predator at random from a bowl. Shawn is stuck doing his project on the leopard seal while Stacey gets to do hers on the great white shark. In the end, Shawn learns to open his mind to other animals and people as he helps Stacey discover all there is to know about sharks. This is a wonderful story with illustrations that reflect great emotion and jump off the page. The diverse characters are true to life and very childlike.
VERDICT A good addition to any picture book collection, and a great choice for libraries with shark-loving patrons or one-track-minded students who need a little nudging to open up a bit.

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