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Sea Surprise Hardcover – May 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805066454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Landry's (Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise!, reviewed May 9) spry if slight underwater tale opens as mermaid Kate asks her buddy Dave, a shark, what they should do that day. Dave spontaneously responds, "Let's bite something." (He "was bored, and boredom always made his teeth itch.") Dave's desire to bite becomes a recurring theme that supplies a large dose of the story's humor. On a visit to Eel, an electrical eel who laments that he's lost his "zap," Dave offers to help by giving the eel's tail "a good bite." Instead the ailing fellow promises the hungry shark a bite of plankton pie if he and Kate can "help him get his zap back." While the duo works on a plan to do just that, a despondent Eel convinces himself that they have forgotten all about him. Though their own plan misfires, all ends well and, in the process, Dave learns a lesson "to be a bit more cautious when biting." Brief chapters, simple sentences and subtle repetition make this a good choice for independent readers eager to plunge into early chapter books. Landry's rudimentary halftone artwork illustrates this light lark. Ages 7-10. (June)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–When an electric eel loses his zap, it's up to Kate the mermaid and Dave the shark to find a cure. Dave eventually comes up with an idea: with the help of Kate and all of their ocean friends, he organizes a party to surprise Eel into zapping again. However, when this plan doesn't work, it's the shark's need to chomp that inadvertently helps Eel to return to normal. This beginner chapter book includes simple and complex sentences with words up to a moderate degree of difficulty. The familiar plot is given a bit of humor by Dave's repeated desire to chew on everything in sight. The black-and-white illustrations have a grainy and unappealing quality. Overall, this tale of friendship pairs an uninspired text with flat and lackluster art.–Catherine Callegari, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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More About the Author

Leo Landry is the author and illustrator of Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise and The Snow Ghosts. He lives with his wife and daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.leolandry.com/.

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By anmoats on November 29, 2013
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My little girl (1st grader) loves this book. It's a chapter book that she was able to read without much help from me. She enjoys the characters in the story and likes the happy ending.
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Great funny characters and story all about a mermaid, Kate, her shark friend, Dave, and how they and their other underwater friends band together to help their eel friend, Eel, get his "zap" back. The book is a nice size for small hands too.
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Eel wakes up one morning and finds out that he must be ill. He has lost his electric shock! His friends come up with a plan that they think will help him get his power back. They want to throw him a surprise party. This doesn't help and they are all disappointed. That is until surprising turn of events unfolds! A storm has been brewing on shore and a bolt of lightining comes down to the ocean and gives all the friends a jolt. This helps eel restore his power!

The book was short and the story line moved at a fast pace.

I would definitely recommend this book to children of all ages. Especially those who have a great interest in ocean life and stories about the sea.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy L. Brown on July 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book arrived in the time said and in the condition it was listed to be in.
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