The Shark in the Dark

Peter Bently and Ben Cort (illustrator)

shark in the darkWill the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a lesson he’ll never forget? With atmospheric underwater scenes and a terrifically toothy villain, this captivating rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud.
Tremendously funny – with a biting twist

This is a great story that starts off a little scarily, reminding us just how scary that big ol’ Shark is and then switches to the fish, scared and terrified and not wanting to be eaten today, thank you very much! As the shark turns up for his tea the fish all try to swim away as fast as they can and seek refuge with the Squid, who gives them some wise advice and helps them to save themselves.

Told in rhyme, with some very funny lines this is a great little story that has kept my boys’ attention as they are desperate to find out what happens and to watch the shark get his comeuppance!

Of course there is a happy ending and no fish are eaten in the making of this story! The fish play a great trick on the Shark and manage to keep him away. My boys enjoy the illustrations by Ben Cort and this has become a recent favourite on our book shelf.

Verdict: A recent favourite on our book shelf

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: May 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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