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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552549770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552549776
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 0.4 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In addition to illustrating books for several top children's authors, most notably Jacqueline Wilson, Nick has written and illustrated more than 40 books himself. He has won numerous prizes for his work, was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2006 and his picture books include You Choose, Pants, Shark in the Park, Elephant Wellyphant and Eat Your Peas.

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"This crafty interactive picture book is 100% bliss and very toothsome indeed . . . The very young will enjoy all the changes of perspective and the jokes . . . A book that will have them squealing with delight" (Lyn Gardner Guardian)

"The hole in the page in Shark in the Park is the best use of this apparently simple device since PEEPO! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Sharratt's upbeat illustrations and rhyming, rhthymical text . . . Simple and satisfying, with audience participation guaranteed" (Jill Slotover Financial Times)

""Bliss!", will be the reaction from Sharratt's many young fans: 15 pages of crisp design, nifty cut-outs, visual thrills and a pacy tale of what a little boy sees through his telescope" (Sally Williams Independent on Sunday)

"Sharratt's use of die-cut components is very clever. The bold cartoon illustrations use a two-dimensional plane that perfectly accentuates critical aspects of the images. Contains the kind of humour that pre-schoolers find so very funny . . . jolly good fun" (Books for Keeps)

"Shark in the Park is an unequivocal success . . . the book is infused with a rather exhilarating sense of wonder and encouragement to explore new ways of looking at the world" (Magda Healey thebookbag.co.uk)

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

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this very funny book for a third birthday present because it had instant appeal for me. It was funny, uncomplicated and had little surprises here and there as well as the big surprises seen through the "portholes" in alternate pages. I carefully read it to my nearly 3 year old before wrapping it and he loved it. So did the 5 year old brother of the birthday boy, who got hold of it first and read it to his friend. I don't know at what age this book would get too easy, but it is so bold and well illustrated that I would recommend it for any 2-6 year old at least. The print is also big, and partly rhyming, partly repetetive, so it would make a great early reader too.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Jones on 15 Jun. 2007
Format: Board book
I thought this would be a "baby" book as it was in board format in our library: but it isn't! Really fun rhymes "Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, Is looking through his telescope" And very witty illustations. Good for directions too (left, right, up and down) which are repeated often.

It's good for predication too - getting my 3 yr old to think what the shape could be if it wasn't a shark's fin...

I'd say it was a good toddler read 2 1/2 to about 4 possibly. After that it may have a short shelf life apart from early readers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. DELIA on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. I work with 2 - 4 year olds and this particular book is so popular we have to read it to the children almost every day. There are opportunities to join in with the story, to shout out loud and there are pictures to challenge the children to think. Utterly genius!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Thompson on 8 Dec. 2008
Format: Board book
To add to the comments about age suitability, my daughter has really enjoyed this book since she was 12 months old. The pictures are so bold and fun and now, at 15 months old, she yells 'aaagh' every time we see the shark through the hole!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Princess Sal on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is great, the rhyming and repetition of certain lines has a big appeal to children and it's very funny, with there being a surprise at the end as well it's a must-read! Don't hesitate in buying it for any young child- my daughter is 18 mths and my son is 4 yrs and they both love it equally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Oct. 2010
Format: Board book
This is without doubt the best book I have bought my 2 and a half year old son. We read it every night, he now knows all the words to it, I'm sure this will help him with his reading.
The story is so engaging for the children and they love being able to join in, and the surprises after every page really keep my son involved.
A must have book for any toddler!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miloandme on 1 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely amazing!

I work in a pre-school setting so read a lot of children's books, most of which get boring after you've read them 26 times in half an hour!

Shark in the Park however is fabulous! It is my favourite book to read, I happily read it over and over to the kids!

I love putting on a ridiculous voice when Timothy shouts 'THERE'S A SHARK IN THE PARK!!' which the kids find hilarious! They also all love the humour of the shark in the duck pond on the last page.

Just a really, really, really, good book! Shame ours is a library book, think I'm going to have to buy me a copy! Also going to get a copy for my 2 year old nephew for Christmas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. Wakefield on 6 May 2009
Format: Paperback
My children who are 4 and 2 love this book, and love shouting the line "There's a shark in the park!", though my 2 year old did have a nightmare about sharks after one reading! Overall, I would say that it is quite a fun book.
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