Shark vs. Train

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Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, Tom Lichtenheld

Shark VS. Train!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316007627
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 217,077
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About 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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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




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…


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…


End of the line.


Excerpted from Shark vs. Train by Barton, Chris Copyright © 2010 by Barton, Chris. Excerpted by permission.
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Shark vs. Train 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get this book
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?
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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 More than 1 year 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
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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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