Shark vs. 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 picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

[star] "This is a genius concept." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Overview

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 picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

[star] "This is a genius concept." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

[star] "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, starred review

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Editorial Reviews

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
Parent's Choice Silver Honor
New York Times Bestseller

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

*"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)

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316007627
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 62,414
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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?, What's with This Room? and the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! He is a creative director at an advertising firm, and lives in Illinois with his wife.

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First Chapter

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...

Excerpted from Shark vs. Train by Barton, Chris Copyright © 2010 by Barton, Chris. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    More Fun Than You Usually Find Between the Covers

    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.

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    My son was rolling in the floor- great choice

    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.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    My son sleeps with this book

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    LOVE this book!

    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!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Where are the games?

    This is a read and play, but we don't seem to have the "star pages." Can anyone help with this?

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Kids love it

    I got this book for my 6 and 4 yr olds for their Nook Tablets. They absolutely love it. I highly recommend.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Djdgfdgdggd

    I LOVE IT

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    my 5 year old loves this book!

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Facebook

    Cool!

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    I was disappointed with this book. The story itself is cute....

    I was disappointed with this book. The story itself is cute....but it claims to be a read and play book which is why I purchased it. There are no star pages. I am still looking to find out who I can complain to, it should be labeled read-to-me not read and play...

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Hate

    I hate this book.

    3 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Huhuhuhuhihuh

    This book is the best book ever and my brother has it on his nook

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Man who will win

    Gfururyh

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Best book ever!

    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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    So awsome

    Im in 11th grade and i love story time

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    It was scary

    Y

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Awsome!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    &p.s. I love it too

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Shark must win!

    Shark fighting a train? This is so... RANDOM!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Who will win - Shark or Train??!! You MUST read this hilarious book to find out...

    Shark vs. Train is an entertaining tale about what happens when one young boy finds a toy shark in the toy box and another young boy finds a toy train. This begins a battle royale with a series of amusing face-offs. Who will win in the ocean? Shark, of course. Who will win on the railroad tracks? Another predictable one. But the fun begins when author Chris Barton's inquiries start to get more unusual: who will run a better lemonade stand? Apparently Train, because Shark can't compete with a lemonade tank! And how about Trick or Treating, who will triumph in that activity? Clearly Shark will and he doesn't even need much of a costume to scare all the treats right out of the bowl and into his bag. This amusing book will delight young children. The humor is sophisticated and clever enough to entertain both parent and child. It's a celebration of imagination. The illustrations are terrific, as well. Adults reading this book: take a look at the spread of the shark trying to jump the cars, one actually has the words A. Fonzarelli Leather Co. on it. What a funny take on the Happy Days "Jump the Shark" episode!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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