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Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure Hardcover – May 9, 2006

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PreS-Gr. 2. The team behind The Adventures of a Nose (2006) offers a less surreal picture book, this one featuring goofy sea creatures that would be right at home in a Spongebob Squarepants cartoon, as well as a message about calming irrational anxieties. Big, strong Shark has a phobia of tigers, and his worries spread to his buddy, Lobster, and to other crustacean neighbors (whose jointed bodies are less appealingly anthropomorphized than that of expressive Shark). Everyone pitches in to build a fortress, beefing up security by retrieving a "huge big monster from the deep sea." Having mustered the courage to face the flesh-and-blood monster, Shark and Lobster realize the absurdity of their earlier fears. Hand-inked, digitally colored panels spin out the story at just the right pace, and the book's thick matte pages open vertically, yielding tall spreads that reinforce the impression of descending through watery depths. The unfamiliar bottom-to-top page turns may tempt some adults to pass over this for group sharing, but the positive reactions from kids should justify giving it a try. Jennifer Mattson
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"The great thing about this is that it is more than a one-joke story and works on several different levels... It is a very clever book - and enormous fun." The Guardian on The Adventures of a Nose (0-7445-9464-2)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Printing edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Viviane Schwarz is a children's book artist and illustrator.

She is best known for her funny, boldly coloured lift-the-flap books, both of which were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal ("There are Cats in this Book" and "There are NO Cats in this Book").
In 2011 she received a Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award.

She writes most of her own books, but has also illustrated two books written by friend and collaborator Alexis Deacon.

Viviane was born in Germany, studied illustration in Cornwall and has been living and working in London since 2003.

Her books aim to encourage creativity in young readers and usually include interactive and comic elements.
Recent publications include "Welcome to your Awesome Robot", a manual for creating a cardboard robot costume and "The Sleepwalkers", a 94 page graphic novel about overcoming nightmares.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You take Viviane Schwarz and you add her to her partner in crime Joel Stewart and things happen. Craaaazy things happen. Crazy mildly disturbing things, but with enough goofiness to allow the duo their place at the children's literature table. If the innate surrealism of writing "The Adventures of a Nose" together wasn't enough for them, now they're back with "Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventures". The entire book feels like someone picked up a picture book, found the format dull, and decided to shake things up a bit. Okay, maybe more than a bit. A LOT. Charming and wacked out all at once, this is undoubtedly one of the more eclectic titles of the 2006 publishing year. Like nothing you've ever seen before.

Shark has a confession to make to his best friend, Lobster. Maybe shark is big and scary with lots of sharp teeth, but do you know what he fears more than anything else in the world? Tigers. Now no one else under the ocean has even necessarily heard of tigers, but what shark says about them is enough to give `em all the heebie jeebies right quick. After some fast thinking the underwater denizens set about building a protective fort. When that turns out not to be enough, though, they enlist the unknowing help of a sleeping monster. The monster, however, finds itself a little put-out regarding the role it's supposed to play and after some thrilling chase sequences the it returns to the briny deep. As for shark and lobster, they decide that tigers aren't anything to be afraid of and all is well in the end.

Now the book is one of those rare horizontal formats. You know what I mean. The kind of thing where you read the story with the book on its side, up to down rather than side to side. Other books have done this in the past of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Youth Services Librarian on November 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kids who like Sponge Bob Square Pants will have an easy transition into this silly undersea story. Shark and Lobster decide they are afraid of Tigers. The fear spreads through the sea and many creatures get together to build a fortress. When Shark convinces them they are still not safe, they dive to the depths of the sea and bring back a sea monster to protect them from the Tigers. However, the sea monster has other ideas when it wakes up, making Tigers seem less threatening. The word bubbles and blocks of action make this book very comic book-like. But nothing is conventional, from the digitally colored illustrations to the orientation. Kids ages 4-6 will get a kick out of reading this book sideways.
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Format: Hardcover
You'd think with all those teeth and claws between them, Shark and Lobster wouldn't be easily intimidated. Except by tigers.


Apparently, these guys never heard of and fall prey to a toothy aquan legend. In graphic-novel panels laid out vertically, they enlist the aid of a cuttlefish and a score of other crabby critters to build a mighty fortress to ward off the threat of big cats with fins.

Then they hit on the notion of dragging the ugliest, scariest sea monster up from the depths: "Its mouth was wide enough to eat a whale sideways."

That doesn't prove to be the brightest idea, of course.

The vertical panels makes the briny sea bottom seem endlessly deep, but smacks of gimmickry and can be hard for wee hands to handle. Fortunately, Schwarz' cartoonish work provides many surprises and don't-miss-'em details, and her sea critters are loony instead of scary. Stewart's computer-generated coloring is awash in happy sea greens and washed-out blues, as if viewed without a scuba mask.

Schwarz' writing keeps this "undersea adventure" cheerfully afloat. Shark and Lobster and their friends get the tiger rumor revving until it builds its own momentum, and they sound exactly like kids in a playground: "Tigers are invisible -- until they EAT you up!"

Narrative is minimal and presented as typed lines pasted in, as if we're just dropping in on another crazy day under the sea.
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Format: Paperback
I chose this book, along with a few others, to read to my son's Kindergarten and my daughter's 2nd grade classes at their school and the students absolutely adored it! They think it's hilarious that a shark can be afraid of a tiger. They loved the illustrations with the speech bubbles. Even the non-traditional way of opening the book was a "wow factor" for them. Some of the students even asked me "can you email my mom and tell her the name of the book so we can get it?" I HIGHLY recommend it, whether you're reading to just your own child, or to a group of kids.
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By M. Heiss on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
To start with, my kids are sickly fascinated by both sharks and lobsters, so this book was bound to be a hit. Shark and lobster decide to defend themselves against the scariest thing imaginable... a TIGER! The enlist other animals to help them build a fortress and find a protector, only to discover that they are less safe than before. All's well that ends well.

This book is printed vertically (as my son says, "It goes up"), which is nine-tenths of the fun.
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