Mini Reviewers take on…The Great White Man-Eating Shark

The Great White Man Eating SharkThe blurb:

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.

Norvin is a very good actor, but rather plain. In fact, he looks very like a shark, and more than anything, he loves to shoot through the water like a silver arrow.

But his cunning plan to clear the water at Caramel Cove badly misfires . . .

A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this charming story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD nominee author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Jonathan Allen.

My Mini Reviewers:

Our little panel of reviewers comprises the following:
Mr 7: an avid reader with an enormous imagination.

Miss 5: a beginner reader with a taste for the dramatic.

Mr 4: loves being read to – the sillier, the better.

In the interests of full disclosure, I feel it is necessary to advise that our panel of mini-reviewers are being paid for their time in chocolate. (To be fair, their mama works for less)

The result:

(marks on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the worst book we’ve ever read, 10 being the best)

Mr 4: This book was quite long for my littlest wriggle-bum. He and I snuggled up and read it over several sessions and I wasn’t sure how much he was following it….until our next library visit when he was determined that the only book he wanted to get out was one on sharks. I think he’s got big plans in mind for this summer! I asked him what he thought of it and he said it’s the best book in the whole wide world. Big praise! Mr 4 gave ‘The Great White Man-Eating Shark’ 9/10.

Miss 5: This book really appealed to our little girl’s wicked side. She giggled her way through it and practiced her shark imitations in the bath for days afterwards. She gave it 9/10.

Mr 7: He took this book to bed one night and read it in one sitting. It’s aimed at a perfect level for him – capturing his imagination with a little bit of naughtiness, but still retaining that innocence. I asked him who he thought would like ‘The Great White Man-Eating Shark’ and he said anyone between the ages of 4 and 25 who isn’t afraid of sharks. He gave it a 10/10.

Mama’s opinion – I loved reading this book with the younger two and discussing it with Mr 7.  It’s such a funny tale, with lots of opportunity to discuss ideas such as sharing and not crying wolf, and it’s so lovely to see books by such a wonderful author as Margaret Mahy being enjoyed by younger generations. It’d be a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!


(Book supplied by Hachette NZ)


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