Great Illustrated Books

Shark vs. Train

By Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Pages : 40
Suggested Ages: 3-7
ISBN: 0316007625

With teeth bared and menacing looks on their fierce profiles, a big turquoise shark and a smoke-belching gray-blue train engine are gearing up for an intense confrontation. The shark sneers, "I'M GOING TO CHOO-CHOO YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT," and the unintimidated train responds, "HA! I'M GOING TO FIN-ISH YOU, MACKEREL-BREATH." "Who will win?" it asks in big red letters.

Turn the page and the competition begins in earnest. Shark wins the swim in the ocean; Train aces the race on the railroad tracks. Each page introduces a new trial.

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Critics have said

This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner.

School Library Journal
A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners.