Nate loves sharks. He reads shark books every day, watches sharks on TV, and talks about them nonstop. He even likes to pretend he's a shark wherever he goes! However, there is one small problem. . . .
Nate can't swim.
When his older brother points this out, Nate works hard to overcome his fears and learn how to blow bubbles, use a kickboard, and finally swim without help, as quickly and as gracefully as a shark. Will he be able to beat his brother in a swim tryout and get his bite back? Kids will love this jawsome book complete with vibrant and whimsical art and a list of shark facts in the back!
|Publisher:||little bee books|
|Product dimensions:||9.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie are sisters who like sharks, but don't ever want to meet one. They grew up in Atlanta, and never made it onto any swim teams. Tara is a former children's bookstore owner and lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with her three boys and husband. In her free time, she can be found reading and discussing all things Star Wars with her kids. Becky is a creative recruiter with a background in reality TV casting. She currently lives in Chicago, where she spends her free time bowling and eating sushi. You can learn more about their books at beckytarabooks.com.
Daniel Duncan is a freelance illustrator who creates most of his work in an old stable that's been converted into a studio on the outskirts of London. He likes to illustrate narratives, vibrant characters, and environments. Inspired by stories, films, old photos, and sports, Daniel was among the Finalists for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2013, as well as being shortlisted for the 2014 AOI Award for New Talent. Find out more about Daniel at dunksillustration.co.uk.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nate is obsessed with sharks and dives into swimming lessons with determination. This book is full of fin-tastic shark information and pop culture references that grown-ups will enjoy. The artwork is fresh, funny, and full to the gills with awesome details.
This was such a fun book! It's perfect for shark-lovers and swimmers--especially hesitant swimmers. I love the idea of a boy who LOVES sharks but doesn't know how to swim. The story begins with Nate's endearing obsession with sharks, then the reveal (by his over-confident, award-winning, swim-team brother) that Nate doesn't swim. What follows are Nate's attempts at fixing this, from flat-out jumping in, to his lessons and determined practices. Kids will recognize the steps of learning how to swim (blowing bubbles, face under water, etc.). The shark theme is carried throughout which makes these pages even more fun. When Nate gets his chance to try out for the swim team, The Sharks, his nerves are palpable--as is his pride when he makes the team. The back matter on sharks was super interesting. This book will appeal to kids on so many levels!
What a totally fun story! The child's obsession with sharks rings true, as well as his swimming lesson anxiety. So many kids will immediately identify with this story. The illustrations are darling and the text is spot on, not a wasted word. This is a perfect book for kids as they get into swimming lessons! And while I don't want to spoil the joy of experiencing this line, I don't want anyone to miss the perfection of "We're going to need a bigger float." Love it!
Shark Nate-O would be a great book to give a beginner swimmer or a shark lover! There are some funny details in the illustrations to look for too! And Nate is just as cute (I mean tough) as ever with his big determined head on his little body learning to swim. The authors also cleverly slipped in some shark education within the text. For example: they paired some of Nate’s actions with types of sharks. The back matter is full of shark facts too. This is definitely a fun read!
Shark Nate-O is a charming and humorous story perfect for anyone who loves sharks or swimming (or those who simply enjoy a funny story). Nate, the main character, is obsessed with sharks and lives in shark-mode 24x7. Except his big brother points out that Nate can't swim. He takes it to heart and forms a plan of attack--learn to swim. But it's not so easy. Readers will happily cheer Nate on and learn fun facts about sharks along the way. The text is fun and full of puns. The illustrations are expressive and funny themselves. Overall, a book to be read over and over again!