Shark vs. Train
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Shark vs. Train

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by Chris Barton, Tom Lichtenheld
     
 

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Shark VS. Train!
WHO WILL WIN?!

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky board book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, pie eating, hide and seek and many more!

Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

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Shark VS. Train!
WHO WILL WIN?!

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky board book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, pie eating, hide and seek and many more!

Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

With #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld's hilarious and playful illustrations combined with Chris Barton's zany text, this board book, which has been adapted from the picture book, will have parent and baby laughing out loud.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When a boy with a toy shark faces a train-wielding companion, it sets off a series of imaginative and very funny contests between fish and machine. The result of each battle depends on the setting. Shark wins at high diving, not surprisingly, while Train comes out on top when it comes to burping. Other face-offs are less immediately obvious: Train stretches vertically to triumph at basketball, while Shark's sharp-toothed clown costume works best for trick-or-treating. In some situations, neither combatant fares well: as Train comments on the scoreless video-game competition, "Sure would help if we had thumbs." The cleverly chosen contests reflect the imaginative powers of kids while retaining the consistent logic that's also essential to play. The notion of a shark and a train trying to be quiet in a library is absurd, for example, but the reasons why neither would succeed make perfect sense. Energetic cartoon illustrations take full advantage of the visual possibilities. Creative use of page space and perspectives gives a fresh look to each new battle. Just-right facial expressions capture the distinct personalities of the two competitors, including an evil grin from Shark at the Ping-Pong table and Train's uneasy look during a disastrous piano recital. Subtler visual details add to the humor, including a shark-jumping Fonzie reference that adults will appreciate. This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Publishers Weekly
This is a genius concept—the kids' equivalent of a classic guy bull session, centering on two playmates' favorite toys. So, who's better—Shark or Train? That all depends. When trick-or-treating, Shark is the clear winner, thanks to his intimidating smile (“The clown is very hungry,” he says, as a bowl of candy is poured into his bag). But in a marshmallow-roasting contest, Train triumphs by virtue of his built-in, coal-stoked rotisserie. Just when readers will think the scenarios can't get more absurd (bowling, a burping contest), the book moves into even funnier territory: hypotheticals in which neither comes out on top (their imposing presences make them ripe targets for getting shushed in a library, and their lack of opposable thumbs means neither is very good at video games). Lichtenheld's (Duck! Rabbit!) watercolor cartoons have a fluidity and goofy intensity that recalls Mad magazine, while Barton (The Day-Glo Brothers) gives the characters snappy dialogue throughout. “That counts as a strike, right?” says Shark, having eaten an entire lane of bowling pins. “This is why you guys have a bad reputation,” retorts Train. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
With two boys at a toy chest, one clutching a shark and the other a train, thus begins the most unlikeliest of competitions. Who will win-shark or train? Well, it does depend on the situation. If underwater, the shark will surely triumph. But at roasting marshmallows? The train beats the shark's soggy mess every time. From one wacky circumstance to the next, from bowling to hot-air ballooning, there is always a clear winner. Until, suddenly, there is not. Both the shark and the train are not very good at playing hide and seek. They also stink at video games ("Sure would help if we had thumbs"). Just when the competitors can't bear it any longer, it's time for lunch. The boys toss them carelessly aside-until next time, that is. Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Praise for Shark Vs. Train:
New York Times Bestseller
Parent's Choice Silver Honor
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

*This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner."—School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"This is a genius concept ... Just when readers will think the scenarios can't get more absurd, the book moves into even funnier territory. ... Lichtenheld's watercolor cartoons have a fluidity and goofy intensity that recalls Mad magazine, while Barton gives the characters snappy dialogue throughout."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Barton's imaginative and wacky scenarios are knocked home by Lichtenheld's ferociously funny artwork and will leave kids measuring up their dump truck and T-Rex for the next tale of the tape."—Booklist"

Barton's deadpan text-sparked with dialogue balloons that give the characters both personality and one-liners is matched by Lichtenheld's spot-on visual humor."—The Horn Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316007627
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
98,512
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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Shark vs. Train


By Barton, Chris

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Barton, Chris
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316007627

Who will win?

Well, that depends on if they’re…

in the ocean…

or on railroad tracks.

If they’re on a seesaw…

or in hot-air

balloons.

Roasting

marshmallows…

eating pies…

or having a

burping contest.

It depends on whether

they’re bowling…

shooting baskets…

or going off

the high-dive.

Running lemonade stands…

trick-or-treating…

or giving rides at a carnival.

It can depend on who

gets to pick first…

who names

the game…

and who deals

the cards.


But who wins

if they’re…

playing hide-and-seek…


or trying not

to get shushed?

Performing in a piano recital…

or playing Extreme

Zombie-Squirrel Motocross?

Exploring distant galaxies…

or sword fighting

on a tightrope…

or…

End of the line.



Continues...

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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy.

Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, This is a Moose, and the New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. He lives in Illinois with his wife.

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Shark vs. Train 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 44 reviews.
Sue_Corbett More than 1 year ago
Gosh, this book is THE book I would give as a gift to a young boy right now. It's as good as Mini Grey's Traction Man in its understanding of the adolescent imagination. A shark and a locomotive face-off in a series of far-fetched, hilarious competitions -- playing the piano, roasting marshmallows, pie-eating, burping, going off the high dive. (Additional comic details are provided by the train's poor caboose, which is getting an unfair share of the abuse by virtue of its location.) It's pure solid-gold silliness, a book that could make a boy understand how much fun stories can be. A note to the reader: If I were sharing this with a child for the first time, I would skip the front matter and start the story on the title page.(The first two illustrations, before the title page, reveal that the shark and the train are toys, wielded by two playmates.) If you skip to the title page the ending -- with the boys called to lunch -- is a delightful surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We picked this book as a summer read for him. He loved it and read it twice in a row. He shows anyone who will listen the page about the library and laughs hysterically. Look forward to more like this.
AmyZimbo35 More than 1 year ago
Love this book. My train-crazy 4 year-old just giggles with delight. And is there anything better than reading to your child and listening to his/her ticked funny-bone turn into a gaggle of giggles? Our favorite part is the carnival page where tickets for the train ride are $1.00 and there is a line of kids waiting and riding. And the poor shark is in an above-ground pool all alone; his rides have been marked down from a $1.00 to free...and the sign says - "You must be this --> crazy to ride this ride." Hilarious for mom & dad and kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a read and play, but we don't seem to have the "star pages." Can anyone help with this?
Allylc More than 1 year ago
This has got to be my son's all time favorite book right now. He loves trains and sharks so I knew this would be a winner in our home. It is funny and creative and we all love it!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Which is superior shark or train? Who is better and can come out on top? It all depends on the situation and you will discover that in the pages of this book when these two little boys start the competition. Grabbing these two toys from the toy box, they come up with some interesting completion against a train and a shark. Whether they’re in the ocean, playing video games, eating pies, sword fighting, running a lemonade stand or one of the many other competitions the boys put the two toys up against; it’s all just fun and games in the end. The variety of the tasks is entertaining and each toy is shown for having a variety of skills and talents. No toy is superior in the long run and it’s that back-n-forth positive affirmation that I enjoyed. The pictures are large and comical, there’s the burping completion with the train earning a solid 9 and the shark scoring a 0. Come to the carnival and join the celebration; who wants pay $1 for train rides vs. a free ride with a shark, I wonder who has the largest line?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE IT
MommyOf2IL More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old twin boys LOVE this book! I bought it as a surprise for them & they loved reading it on the Nook. It's a delightful book about the differences when you try to compare apples (sharks) to oranges (trains). The boys keep talking about it--that's how I know it's good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shark fighting a train? This is so... RANDOM!
Anonymous 20 days ago
My 3 and 4 year old has it down pat. They giggle so much on this one.
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SO GOOD! My brother loves it! He is almost 5 and he giggles so hard that he cannot stop! It is hystarical!!!!!! And I am only 7 !
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Two of my grandson's favorite things in one book! Who would have thought? Very entertaining. We always prefer the read-to-me feature at 3 years old. Great illustrations and great sound effects. Your preschooler will love it!
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Im in 11th grade and i love story time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! &p.s. I love it too
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felicityML More than 1 year ago
my 5 year old loves this book!
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Scoobz7 More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my 6 and 4 yr olds for their Nook Tablets. They absolutely love it. I highly recommend.