Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea - Review and Shark Craft for Kids

A shark has the power to strike fear into the hearts of many. But what do sharks fear? Bob Shea presents a very silly scenario in his very humorous book, I'm a Shark, about the most awesome, self-assured shark ever.

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea. Balzer + Bray (April 2011); ISBN 9780061998461; 40 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

"Well, I guess everyone is scared of something. I'm not."
"What about spiders?"

Shark has an ego the size of a whale and doesn't mind boasting a little to his two ocean friends, fish and crab. He's not afraid of anything -- not shots, not bears, not dinos. Not even the dark, as evidenced by his remark, "the dark is afraid of me. Dark heard I was coming and ran." But shark isn't as brave as he lets on. There's something itsy bitsy that does frighten him just a tad. In fact, Little Miss Muffet just might be able to offer that shark some helpful advice, though he's so full of himself that he probably wouldn't listen. From the unexpected picture of the author and son on the dustcover flap to the hilarious tongue-in-cheek text -- everything in this book works swimmingly.

After seeing the bold, enticing cover of I'm a Shark, my shark fanatic son couldn't wait to read this one with me. Neither of us was disappointed. The book contains all the elements of a fun read-aloud: lively dialog, sharp illustrations, and plenty of humor. Add in the snappy shark with an attitude and my son has a newest favorite book. Plus, like many kids, my son understands the shark's fear of spiders. He hates them, probably even more than shark. Pick this book up before Shark Week ends!

Related Links:
Bob Shea - Website
Bob Shea - Facebook & Twitter

▪ ▪ ▪ Story + Art craft - Paper Plate Shark Craft ▪ ▪ ▪

Earlier this year, Almost Unschoolers posted one of the neatest shark crafts I've ever seen. I knew someday my son would enjoy making one, so I saved the link. Visit her blog for the complete directions.

We didn't alter the craft much. My son wanted the inside of the mouth to look red so he colored the interior of the mouth with a marker. What's a shark without a little blood? He tried to cut some of the teeth out of the paper plate himself, but that task proved a little too challenging for his preschool skills. And as a tie-in to Shea's I'm a Shark book, we attached a construction paper spider to the shark's fin. My daughter said it looks like the shark has a spider yo-yo. Maybe that's just what the shark needs to help him get over his arachnophobia?

My daughter didn't want to make her own shark, but she used her creative mind while taking a bath the other night and made up her very own shark song, sung to the tune of "Little Bunny Foo Foo." I helped her with the ending, but she came up with the rest, including several other ocean themed variants to the song. I'm sure if she tried, she could come up with a version involving a shark and a spider (maybe with a moral: Shark today...hanging by a thread tomorrow.)

Little Sharkey Foo Foo
Swimming in the ocean
Eating all the fishies
And bopping them on the head.

Down came the Good Fairy, and she said
"Little Sharkey Foo Foo
I don't want to see you
Eating all the fishies
And bopping them on the head."
I'll give you three chances
but if you blow it, a whale will eat you.

(Repeat verse three more times.)

Down came the Good Fairy, and she said
"Little Sharkey Foo Foo
I told you not to
Eat all the fishies
And stop bopping them on the head."
I gave you three chances
but you blew it, so a whale will eat you. "POOF"

Moral of the story, "Shark the belly of a whale tomorrow."

Shibley Smiles

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Cathy said...

Cathy said...
My class loves Bob Shea....and, of course, sharks are always a hit. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas.


bermudaonion said...

I watched the video and that book looks adorable! It's so good for kids to know that they're not the only ones afraid.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I thought I had already commented , but I don't see it, so here goes again. :-)

This looks like a lot of fun, and that craft is wonderful! (I love your son's shirt, too, by the way.) I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for this title on our future library trips!

You've been missed at RAT!

MommyLabs said...

I'm here via Red ted Art. Love this cute shark with a jaw full! My daughter is enamoured with sea animals and she would love to make such a thing...

Jen said...

That book looks awesome! I'll need to add it to my MUST READ list for the kiddos. What a cute craft, too. I enjoyed the little video- it really shows you the humor in the book. :)


ps Love that your daughter made up her own Shark song. Creative!

Happy Home Fairy said...

I love how your shark came out! Looking for more shark activities for your Happy Home? I'd love for you to check this out...


Laurie said...

Fun book! And I love the craft and poem. I am going to check the library for this author's books.