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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) Big Adventure! by Mike Crowder features a hammerhead shark, a teal whale shark, an orange tiger shark, a grey Mako shark, a green bull shark, a pink nurse shark, and a blue shark. They are drawn in a cartoon style, but they are sufficiently accurate to be an educational plus. The other sea creature featured in detail is a puffer fish, who is light and puffs into a ball, perfect for a game similar to basketball but played underwater. There’s a moral subtly hidden in this very readable story – bullying is wrong while making friends is nice. The book is divided into three chapters, but each tempts reading on until “dang it” you find page thirty-two is “the end”.
I loved Mike Crowder’s chatty style of writing. The story begs to be read aloud, and there are lots of brilliantly colored illustrations. One on every page, so the youngster, or youngsters, listening would have plenty to look at. I suspect they would prompt interruptions for questions, but the story lends itself well to conversation. What is the biggest thing you can think of? Why don’t fairies and elves clean bedrooms? There is also an utterly irresistible line I can’t resist quoting – “I’m not a shrimp, I’m fun-sized.” Find out for yourself who says it and why. Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) Big Adventure! is a treasure of a book – a must-have for adults with children in their lives, and Hammy demands a place on every child’s bookshelf.