The Shark in the Park

Children - Fable
28 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2015
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Author Biography

Meet the authors…
Mark Watson was born in England, Pablo Michau in South Africa, both now live in Mataro, Spain. “We met through our children, they attend the same school and are the only English speaking kids in their class.” Mark is an English teacher in the little Spanish town and Pablo is a freelance illustrator/graphic designer. “After a brief conversation about our hopes for the future and our love of children’s books we decided to take one of Mark’s existing stories and put it together. We are much happier with the result than we could have hoped.” After their first collaboration Mark and Pablo have decided to work exclusively together on many more children’s books, as Mark explains “Pablo has the ability to see the pictures I have in my mind, as a child walking to school through the park I used to daydream about a shark under the grass chasing me, not only has Pablo managed to capture the threat and fear of a giant shark, he has also managed to faithfully reproduce the park of my childhood, in all its mysterious glory.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson is a cute little story which will tickle the creative and imaginative minds of all small kids. Michael is walking to school one day when he sees something swimming beneath the trees. It looks like a shark; blue above, white beneath, and with a huge fin. Michael cannot believe his eyes. He runs as the shark chases him. The shark eats his homework and Michael misses his school bus. Michael decides to catch the shark and he goes with his dad's helmet and fishing pole to the park. Will Michael be able to catch the shark?

The story is adorable and the way Michael tries to catch the big shark every day is exciting to read. The book has a very good message of how to confront one's own fears and overcome them in the best possible way. The ending is really cute and unusual and the illustrations complement the story, the scenes and the characters very well. The illustrations also help in giving pace and movement to the story. The rhyme scheme makes it even better and more enjoyable for kids while reading out loud. The story line is great and the thought of seeing a shark in a park is very imaginative and original. The book makes a good bedtime storybook and both grandparents and parents can read it out to their grandkids and kids. The book also makes a good story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.