Shark vs. Train just hit our shelves today and instantly became my new favorite! Two little boys are digging through a toy box and each come up with a toy. In little boy fashion, the toys, a shark and a train, instantly become weapons and proceed to battle each other in a variety of contests. Who will win? Well, that depends… Train doesn’t do so well in water, while Shark isn’t great at roasting marshmallows; Train excels at giving carnival rides, while Shark is a shoo-in at the high dive … you get the picture! Eventually, the two discover that there are some things that neither one of them is good at — being quiet at the library, or sword fighting on a tightrope, for example. The cartoon-style illustrations are fun and funny, and the comments and asides by the two main characters add humor to the story.
Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, Little Brown & Co., $16.99 (ages 3-6)