Book review: Land Shark, by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Ben Mantle

Ferry, Beth. Illustrated by Ben Mantle. Land Shark. Chronicle Books, 2015. $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-2458-2. Unp. Ages 1-4. P7 Q 8

Ferry Land SharkBobby wanted a shark for his birthday, not just a tiny shark in an aquarium but a big shark. He was not so happy with his surprise of a puppy. His brother and sister laughed at him and told him he was silly thinking he was getting a pet shark. He declared that shark lovers cannot be converted to dog lovers ever. The puppy started destroying everything in the house and barking and Bobby didn’t want to have anything to do with her. Everyone was grumpy but Bobby was happy because he thought he would finally get his shark. But then the puppy chomped his stuffed animal shark right in two and everyone was worried. In the end Bobby became a dog lover as the puppy had chewed her way into his heart. This is a funny story about wanting wild things for birthdays and actually falling in love with the thing you get for your present.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.

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