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Author: Nick Sharratt / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 February 2007 / Genre: Picture Books / Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK / Title: Shark in the Park / ISBN 13: 9780552549776 / ISBN 10: 0552549776

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      30.04.2012 22:43

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      A thoroughly wonderful book!

      Thumbs up from our little family! This book is by far our favourite bedtime story. We ordered it because we own a couple of other Nick Sharatt books; including 'Caveman Dave' and 'Zoopermarket'. We really enjoyed these books; and wanted to expand our collection.
      The moment our son saw it he was immersed in the wonderful, exciting storyline, the brightly coloured illustrations and the interactive element of peering through the telescope.
      The story promotes early reading and writing strategies including respective language, predicting and recalling the mistaken shark, and rhyming patterns. Therefore this book covers an audience of children aged from one to around five.
      This book also encourages positional and directional language such as left, right, up and down.
      I like the size of the book (A4), as it is big enough for our son to hold and look through himself; but not too big it cannot be transported around such as when we're in the car etc.
      We have even taken it to a Wedding where it kept our son entertained during the Wedding photos!
      The surprise element at the endis great - and really encourages discussion into howrhe ducks must be feeling; and does Timothy ever find out!
      IWeb would highly recommend this book to anyone with young children, andhopethey enjoy it as much as we do.

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      13.06.2011 08:21
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      a nice book

      When my son was at nursery he received a pack from the bookstart scheme which was a government incentive to introduce children to books at different stages in their lives. One of the books that he received was called Shark in the park. Shark in the park is written and illustrated by Nick Sharratt and was first published in 2000 but the version we have was published specially for bookstart in 2006.

      The front cover is bright and inviting with red and green swirls and pictures of smiling bees and butterflies. In the centre of the cover there is a hole cute out and you can see a black sharks fin through it. The front cover makes the book look appealing and makes you interested as you wonder is it really a shark in the park?

      The book tells the story of a little boy named Timothy Pope who has just got a new telescope. Taking his telescope to the park he looks around and keeps thinking hat he has seen a sharks fin through it!

      What a nasty surprise!
      In his loudest voice,
      Timothy cries,
      "THERE'S A SHARK IN THE PARK!"

      This pattern continues quite frequently until Timothy's dad arrives to take Timothy home and Timothy declares that the park is safe from sharks after all...or is it?!

      This is a nice little story but it is not particularly the story that is the best part of the book. For me the best part of this book is the illustrations. They are clear and simply drawn but they are just so bright and colourful and are actually really enjoyable to look at as you read the story. My son used to really enjoy looking at the pictures and pointing out creatures he could see or counting the flowers on each page and such like.

      Throughout the book whenever Timothy thinks that he may have seen a shark's fin there is a circular hole in the page just showing what looks to be the sharks fin. My son enjoys predicting what is likely to be on the next page and always likes to see if he is right-especially if it has been a while since we have read the book and he has forgotten what is going to be there!

      Throughout the book the author uses rhyme and this makes the book easy to read as the text just flows so well. The text used is very simple and so my son is now able to read this book independently as he is an able reader for his age. I would say that this book is best suited of three to six year olds in my opinion.

      The author also uses repetitive chunks of text each time Timothy shouts that he has seen a shark in the park as illustrated above. This makes it easy for a child to join in with the story and to feel involved in the story telling process. My son enjoyed doing this when I would read this to him when he was younger.

      All in all I think this is a nice little book and I am glad my son received it in the bookstart pack as I doubt we would have come to own it otherwise. You can pack it up from amazon for £3.95 new and this includes free super saver delivery.

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        16.06.2010 20:36
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        A fun book to read with young children

        We were lucky enough to get Shark in the Park as part of my daughters bookstart pack when she was 2.

        This is a large paperback book, 24 pages long and roughly 10 inches wide by 14 inches high. The front cover is made up of bright green and red decreasing circles with a cut out circle in the centre, through which you can see a black shark's fin.
        The back cover of the book has the same decreasing red and green circles with a picture of the story's hero - Timothy Pope - looking through his telescope.

        The book introduces us to a little boy called Timothy Pope, who has been given a brand new toy - a telescope - and has taken it down to the park to test it out.

        The text is made up of simple rhymes and is very effective. Most of the pages start off with the words "Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope"
        Throughout the book there are several circular cut-outs, to give the impression of the view Timothy sees through his telescope. The image you see through the cut out always looks like a shark's fin - but on closer inspection it's usually something much more innocent, like a cat or a bird.

        Each double page has Timothy shouting "There's a shark in the park!". My kids love shouting out this bit!

        The book is very wel illustrated, with cartoon style characters and lots of things to look at on each page, like flowers, birds, planes, butterflies. I find that I can't get past a page without my children pointing something out or asking about something they can see.

        A great book for girls and boys from about the age of 2 upwards.

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        18.11.2009 15:19
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        Great for even little ones - bright colours and shapes to focus on

        What a fantastic book! I wish all books for kids were like this! I was given this book from a friend and it is one of the bookstart kids books. Not sure of the age group for this book but my 6 month old loves the bright colours and faces in this book. The story goes that a little boy called Timothy Pope gets a new telescope and sets off looking through it at the park. Through the telescope he keeps seeing a blue background with a black fin but as you soon realise, he is just getting a small glimmer of a different thing - not a shark in the sea! A well thought out book with rhymes, not too many words, repetition and a chance for parents/teachers to put some enthusiasm and different tones to storytime. Well illustrated and just long enough to keep a little ones attention! A highly recommended read! A friend of mine has found a set of books called Pants and More Pants which are by the same author (and one other) and they are just as good!

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        03.10.2009 18:17
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        A great book that any child would love!

        Shark in the park is a hilarious young children's book by Nick Sharratt.

        It follows Timothy Pope as he walks around the park looking through his new telescope with his father.

        It is a repetitive story that sees Timothy look through his telescope three times. Each time he sees a black fin that looks suspiciously like a shark.

        You see the fin through a circular cut out on the page and when you turn the page you find out that it is actually something else.

        Most of the words in the story are repeated three times so it is an excellent story for any child who is learning to read.

        It is also very fun for younger children as they will remember the words and will be able to join in with the book.

        After almost scaring himself to death three times, Timothy gives up and starts to walk home with his father.
        On the last page the reader will see a black fin that Timothy failed to see.... In the pond!!!

        I bought this for my son around 18 months ago and he has never tired of it. It is a great investment as it is a story that will grow with your child.

        You can find it in most bookshops or online for around £5, or probably for a lot less second hand.

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        15.10.2008 09:41
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        Rhyming, upbeat and fun book

        Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt is a colourful and comical children's story that will leave you smiling. This book is written in rhyme giving it an upbeat tempo and pushing you forwards to read more. This type of writing tends to draw children into the story and also supports emergent literacy skills well, for example, allowing the child to complete the sentence using the rhyme they have heard, possibly incorporating their own ideas or if they know the story using the rhyme to remember what comes next. There are also repeated sentences in this story, again very good for those learning to read.

        The story itself is about a young boy who goes to the park and sees what he thinks might be a shark. He views the park through his telescope and so his view of the park is not the whole picture. The book allows the reader to interact with the story as each time Timothy Pope looks through his telescope the adjacent page has a cut out circle to resemble the view from the telescope allowing you ts see what Timothy Pope can see. Each time what Timothy thinks is a Sahrk turns out to be something different, for example, the ear of a cat or the wing of a crow. Each time Timothy thinks that he has seen a Shark he cries "THERE'S A SHARK IN THE PARK!" This is written in capitals and bold text in the book offering you teh chance to show that you can read words in stories the way that they are written, i.e. shouting!

        As Timothy leaves the park with his dad at the end of the story you see in teh duck pond what could possibly be a real shark, leaving you thinking was the shark really there?! We will never know but it leaves an excited feeling inside about what has happened. It also enables you to talk about the story some more, what would you say to Timothy if you saw him leaving the park now? How would you feel if you saw a real shark in the park? What would you do if you saw a shark in the park? So many questions and so many different answers that you child can come up with, developing their imagination and excited love of stories with a twist to the tale!

        This book make me laugh. It is fun and interactive and at the same time educational. You can get this book as a board book or in aperback and it is published by David Fickling books. The board boot retails at £4.99.

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          23.04.2008 07:44
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          A children's picture book using a clever idea.

          Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt is the story of a young boy, Timothy Pope, who goes to the park with his telescope (which obviously rhymes with his name). Each time he looks through the telescope, he sees something that looks like the black fin of a shark, so he shouts out 'There's a shark in the park!' This is repeated several times throughout the book, and the children I read aloud to know when it's coming and love to shout the phrase out themselves each time. Of course what Timothy sees is not a shark; the first time it's a cat's ear, the second time it's a crow's wing, and the third it's his father's enormous quiff. Great amusement. As his father finally decides to take him home, they turn their backs on the park and there in the duck pond appears an ominous black fin. The repetition and the humour both make this a popular story.

          The front cover and most of the right-hand pages have a circle cut out through which you see the black shape that resembles a shark's fin. When you first open the book, you do in fact see a big black shark swimming on a blue background. There is another one right at the end, leaving you with the feeling that there really was a shark in the tiny duck pond. The cover is a vivid combination of green and red concentric circles that would stand out a mile in a bookshop. The rest of the book is filled with colourful illustrations of children playing in the park, except for the right-hand pages where Timothy is looking through his telescope and shouting 'There's a shark in the park!' These pages have black text in a large font on a black background.

          This is a picture book for very young children, but the repetition of text would also make it ideal for emergent readers. Most of the story is written in the form of a rhyme. Each time Timothy looks through his telescope, he looks left, then right, then up at the sky, then down at the ground. Young children don't usually find it easy to distinguish between left and right, so this is a fun way of teaching them to do so.

          The first time the book is read, there is of course an excellent element of surprise as the shark's fin initially turns out to be nothing more than a black cat's ear. Children might then want to try guessing what the fin will be the second and third time. The sequence can then be used as a very simple memory game: either the children can tell you the three things that the fin turned out to be in the right order as soon as you finish reading, or you can pick up the book again several days later and see what they can remember. They do still seem to enjoy the story again, even though there is no longer an element of surprise after the first reading.

          This is a very short book, but that does not necessarily matter for very young children. It is cleverly designed and thought out, fun and attractive. I would definitely recommend borrowing it from the library, and would also suggest that it could make a good present for two- to four-year-olds.

          Shark in the Park
          by Nick Sharratt
          Corgi Children's
          Paperback, 24 pages
          ISBN 055249770
          Price £4.99 (Amazon £4.49)

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          A fun and surprising book with an ingenious die-cut from the hugely popular Nick Sharratt.