Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ready for a new take on JAWS? Well, a picture book take filled with dark humor, that is…

So here we are watching Underwater World with our host, Bob the jelly, when— 

Luckily, shark finds out that the cameras are rolling and changes tacks to save his image, saying

“…showing him my new tooth!”

While Bob inserts facts about sharks, in this case their teeth, every other character on the spread, the fish—the target of shark’s original attack, and the camera crew take the opportunity to interject there own commentary, be it humorous or factual. 

Shark then strikes off after a baby seal, only to be caught once more in mid-attack. In this case, he insists he’s just:

Bob interjects with facts about how much sharks eat and that one of their favorite foods are baby seals! Plus more hilarious commentary from the underwater camera crew.

Then shark starts sniffing! This time shark smells BLOOD! 

“Noooo, shark, don’t eat the PEOPLE—in front of the people!!!”

But once again, shark is misunderstood. He’s brought boo-boo strips for a boy playing in the water, a boy with a boo-boo. From here on in, the one-liners come fast and furious, like a shark attack.

Poor, poor misunderstood shark just needs a hug….which leads to SNIFF! SNIFF! “You smell good!”

And the ending…..”that’s a wrap….”  You aren’t afraid of sharks, are you? ARE YOU????

Title: Misunderstood Shark

Author: Ame Dyckman

Illustrator: Scott Magoon

Publisher: Scholastic, Orchard Books imprint, 2018

Themes: shark (and other sea creatures) info, lesson in irony

Ages: pre-K – grade 3

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21 thoughts on “Misunderstood Shark – Perfect Picture Book Friday

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      He does try to portray himself in the best way—when he’s in the spotlight, right? Because that’s what a shark would do. The ending is perfect because we still have more than a shadow of a doubt about the true motives of the shark.

  1. Grade ONEderful says:

    OMG! I HAVE to get this one. It looks very funny.
    Plus, I was just reading last night how the world’s sharks are being over-fished, so this would be a great segue into an environmental talk.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Maria Marshall says:

    I love Ame Dykman. What a fun book. Amazing how (many) bullies change their tune/strips when they are observed/caught in the act. Although, sharks aren’t “actually” bulies, but it is funny that he changes his tune for the camera. 🙂

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