Gilbert the Hero

Overview

Gilbert--the lovable white shark created by the award-winning author/illustrator duo Jane Clarke and Charles Fuge--is back in a third thrilling adventure. And the exciting news is: there's a new baby in Gilbert's family! But Gilbert proves he still has a lot to learn about being a big brother. When a hungry killer whale comes around, will Gilbert be able to save Finn?
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Overview

Gilbert--the lovable white shark created by the award-winning author/illustrator duo Jane Clarke and Charles Fuge--is back in a third thrilling adventure. And the exciting news is: there's a new baby in Gilbert's family! But Gilbert proves he still has a lot to learn about being a big brother. When a hungry killer whale comes around, will Gilbert be able to save Finn?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Gilbert the shark takes his little brother, Finn, out to play despite his friend Rita's complaints that the youngster will be no fun. The "sea-saw" catapults the younger fish too far and too hard. Finn takes a kick to the stomach by a sea urchin shell being used as a soccer ball. He eventually finds some fun in a seaweed swing, but that's boring for the older fish. When another fish zooms by on a skate fish, Gilbert and Rita take off on the skate. Along comes a gigantic whale, looking for lunch. Gilbert manages to free his brother from the swing one step ahead of the creature, and they hide out in a sunken boat. The whale chomps down on it, gets a mouthful of splintered wood, and retreats. Then Gilbert turns to tell Rita and Finn that the whale has gone, but can't find them. They're just hiding and emerge with a big "Boo!" That's their version of "tide-and-seek," a game that even Finn can play. The story depicts the universal frustration older children often feel when a younger sibling tags along. The mostly green illustrations are ink and watercolor with minimal details of underwater life. Gilbert's fans will enjoy this new title.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Gilbert the shark takes his little brother, Finn, out to play despite his friend Rita's complaints that the youngster will be no fun. The "sea-saw" catapults the younger fish too far and too hard. Finn takes a kick to the stomach by a sea urchin shell being used as a soccer ball. He eventually finds some fun in a seaweed swing, but that's boring for the older fish. When another fish zooms by on a skate fish, Gilbert and Rita take off on the skate. Along comes a gigantic whale, looking for lunch. Gilbert manages to free his brother from the swing one step ahead of the creature, and they hide out in a sunken boat. The whale chomps down on it, gets a mouthful of splintered wood, and retreats. Then Gilbert turns to tell Rita and Finn that the whale has gone, but can't find them. They're just hiding and emerge with a big "Boo!" That's their version of "tide-and-seek," a game that even Finn can play. The story depicts the universal frustration older children often feel when a younger sibling tags along. The mostly green illustrations are ink and watercolor with minimal details of underwater life. Gilbert's fans will enjoy this new title.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Big brother shark thinks quickly and saves the day.

Gilbert the great white shark wants to take his new little brother, Finn, everywhere with him, but Gilbert's friend Rita Remora wants nothing to do the tyke, who, in her opinion, is too small to play with them. Indeed, Finn struggles on the see-saw and is too slight to play finball. He does like the seaweed swing, which Ritaand Gilbert strap him into so that they can go skating. All of a sudden, the sea goes as dark as night and all the fish scatter; it's a killer whale! And he spots Finn, still strapped into theswing. Gilbert grabs the seaweed holding Finn just in time, but the whale doesn't give up. He chases Rita, Gilbert and Finn, who speed to a sunken fishing boat and elude the orca. All seems safe, but Gilbert gets a little panicky when he can't find Finn and Rita. They pop out of a barrel, laughing. Rita and Finn have become friends, and the trio swims off together. This slapdash story of brotherly love is not improved by undistinguished illustrations or a chase scene that feels an awful lot like any number of animated kids' movies. The copyright page includes interesting facts about sharks, but their placement makes them likely to be overlooked.

This fish story smells stale already. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402780400
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Third in the "Gilbert" series by Charles Fuge
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 776,150
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

About the author:
JANE CLARKE has published more than 30 books for children. She won the Nottingham Children's Book Award for 3-5 year olds for Stuck in the Mud (Walker Books, 2008). Clarke resides in ENGLAND.

About the illustrator:
CHARLES FUGE's books include My Dad! and the best sellers Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball (which was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2001) and I Know a Rhino. He won both the MacMillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award for his first book, Bush Vark's First Day Out (Pan MacMillan, 1990). Fuge resides in ENGLAND.

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