Misunderstood Shark
Misunderstood Shark

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Annotation: Shark interrupts the filming of Underwater World With Bob, scattering the other creatures (and the audience), but he claims it is all a terrible misunderstanding--that he would never think of eating the fish, the squid, the audience, or Bob.
Catalog Number: #166660
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Magoon, Scott,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-338-11247-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1861-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-338-11247-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1861-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017050474
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Dyckman's quick-witted, humorous text stars Shark, who interrupts a marine-animal crew making a live underwater television show. Shark feels very misunderstood, and shark facts shared throughout support Shark's claims. Magoon's expressive illustrations pop off the page, and word-bubble asides from fish plus fantastic page-turns sustain the suspense; the twist ending is reminiscent of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back.
Kirkus Reviews
A maligned shark steals the show to explain just how wrong his fellow fish are about him in Dyckman and Magoon's debut collaboration.Sporting a stylish fedora atop his bell, Bob, a jellyfish TV host, is about to start his show when a great white shark interrupts. Bob begs Shark not to eat a fish on the air, and Shark, with a big smile to the audience, insists he had no intention of eating anyone and simply wanted to show off his new tooth. After all, "sharks can grow and lose 30,000 teeth in their lifetime"—never mind that they lose most of them by using their powerful jaws on their prey, a "fun fact" that Bob, perhaps sensibly, omits. Bob never does quite get control of his show back as Shark hauls off first to eat a baby seal (whom he really just wanted to return to her seal family) and then to chase down a source of blood (so he could offer a Band-Aid). Although she seems to gender all her characters male with the exception of two ungendered squid production assistants and the female baby seal, Dyckman otherwise gives ambiguity the narrative spotlight with well-honed tension prolonging readers' indecision. Meanwhile, Magoon's flair for underwater illustration also allows a shark's redemption and his prey's suspicion to both live on the page. Readers will need to decide for themselves if Shark is really as scary as he seems or if misunderstandings have colored our opinions.Fun and playful…or so Shark would have us believe. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
The live TV show -Underwater World with Bob,- staffed entirely by aquatic creatures, is suddenly interrupted by a shark who is about to consume a little orange fish right on camera. Once Shark realizes that he has an audience, he changes his tune. -You misunderstood!- he demurs, still clutching the terrified fish. -I was just... showing him my new tooth!- The host tries to play along, offering shark facts as Shark-smitten with his new public persona-claims that he is also being misunderstood when it seems like he wants to eat a baby seal or some beach-going humans (-I brought Band-Aids!- he roars). Shark is so persuasive that the octopus holding the boom mike declares, -The ocean gets its saltiness from the tears of misunderstood sharks! I read that somewhere.- Magoon-s cartooning is both funny and visually striking as the toothy, scenery-chewing Shark plays to the camera and zips through the green-blue water, barely resisting his primal urges. And the playful typography used for Dyckman-s rapid-fire dialogue makes her blooper-reel humor even funnier. Ages 4-6. Author-s agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator-s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Jellyfish Bob, television host of Underwater World with Bob, has Shark as his guest. Shark seems to be easily distracted but is intent on presenting himself in a positive light. In the middle of the interview, when shark goes off to chase a fish (he claims to be showing the fish his new tooth), a baby seal (just taking him back to his mother), and the smell of blood (giving the human on the beach a box of Band-Aids). Jellyfish Bob, like any good host, covers by entertaining the audience with interesting facts about sharks. Kids will like the wild, exclamatory text even if it feels a bit disjointed to adult readers. As she does in her title Wolfie the Bunny and Boy + Bot, Dyckman hits the mark of both hilarious and sweet. Magoon's illustrations (a pink jellyfish with a cowboy hat and glasses, a yellow squid working the boom mic, and a bright orange squid wearing his sunglasses on his forehead and working the clapper board) make up a fabulous cast that swim around in cool-colored waters, ranging from bright greens to deep indigos. VERDICT Make no mistake, this is a fun addition to any collection, best for reading close-up and one-on-one. Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles Public Library
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Horn Book (4/1/19)
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 444
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 196107 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD480L

Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, sidesplittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character.

The filming of an underwater TV show goes awry when the crew gets interrupted by a... SHARRRK! Poor Shark, he wasn't trying to scare them, he's just misunderstood! Then he's accused of trying to eat a fish. Will Shark ever catch a break? After all, he wasn't going to eat the fish, he was just showing it his new tooth! Or was he? Explosively funny, extraordinarily clever, and even full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. With a surprise twist ending, our Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!


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