Hilarious! Two unlikely foes compete in a series of ridiculous tests through the imagination of a couple of rambunctious boys as they duel with their toys: a shark and a train. Who will win, shark (grrr) or train (chugga-chugga)? The illustrations are great, with amusing facial expressions to convey fierceness and determination and will have you laughing from start to finish. Whether you are in a classroom or at home, this is sure to be a hit at your next story time!— Brandi S.
Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“Such boy fun when a shark and a train try to outdo each other. Each page brings a funnier situation than before, and by the end, everyone is laughing. A great read aloud with perfect illustrations.”
— Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky board book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, pie eating, hide and seek and many more!
With #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld's hilarious and playful illustrations combined with Chris Barton's zany text, this board book, which has been adapted from the picture book, will have parent and baby laughing out loud.
About the Author
Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy.
Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, This is a Moose, and the New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. He lives in Illinois with his wife.
Praise for Shark Vs. Train:
*This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner."—School Library Journal (starred review)
*"Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
*"This is a genius concept ... Just when readers will think the scenarios can't get more absurd, the book moves into even funnier territory. ... Lichtenheld's watercolor cartoons have a fluidity and goofy intensity that recalls Mad magazine, while Barton gives the characters snappy dialogue throughout."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Barton's imaginative and wacky scenarios are knocked home by Lichtenheld's ferociously funny artwork and will leave kids measuring up their dump truck and T-Rex for the next tale of the tape."—Booklist
"Barton's deadpan text-sparked with dialogue balloons that give the characters both personality and one-liners is matched by Lichtenheld's spot-on visual humor."—The Horn Book