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The Great White Man-Eating Shark: A Cautionary Tale (Picture Puffins) Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140557458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140557459
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,307,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Capitalizing on his sharkish looks, Norvin frightens away all the other swimmers from Caramel Cove?except for one whose dorsal fin might just be genuine; "Certain to tickle funnybones," said PW. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-It's love at first bite when a boy in a shark costume attracts the attention of a real shark who has romantic designs on him. A quirky combination of Jaws and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SemiMental Fool on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
My son likes scary things, but gets frightened by most! He loves this book because it features a (not-too) scary shark and a (not-too) scary situation. Norvin, a boy who looks amazingly like a shark, learns the hard way not to 'cry wolf' -- or, in this case, 'cry shark'! Adult-ish humor included for those reading to the little ones -- I love this book.
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My son watches Qubo, and Sammy's Story Shop featured this book and I thought it was really cute. Norvin is an excellent swimmer, but doesn't like to share the cove he enjoys swimming in with other people. So *spolier alert* he pretends to be a shark to scare everyone away and keep the cove to himself. But Norvin quickly learns a lesson in selfishness, and the consequences you may suffer if you don't share. I thought my husband would like the book, but he didn't like it as much as I do. Regardless, we'll continue to read this great story to our little boy.
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Format: Paperback
My twins (almost 5 years old) absolutely love this book. They are shark-fanatics, and the cautionary tale of the main character teaches a valuable lesson as well as entertains with delightful illustrations and story line. Mom and Dad thoroughly enjoy this book as well!
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By Jan on January 6, 2013
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I use this book every year as the intro to a project with my 2nd graders. After reading about and seeing Norvin dressed up as a shark, I have them make a new "Halloween" costume for Norvin. Their creative efforts never fail to surprise and impress me.
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More About the Author

Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand and is internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children's writers today. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which have received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She is also the recipient of An Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she received the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.

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