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The Shark King - (Toon Into Reading!: Level 3) (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 39

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Series Title: Toon Into Reading!: Level 3

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Toon Books

Age Range: 4-8 years

Book theme: General

Language: English

Street Date: August 5, 2014
TCIN: 77121446
UPC: 9781935179603
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-2708


Johnson's beautiful, graphic style recalls, of all things, Gilbert Hernandez' early Palomar comics, with zippy figures set against equatorial backgrounds distinguished by a few key features--a waterfall and fruit tree here, a tidal pool and coral reef there. The crafty panel layouts plunge into a couple of full-bleed splash pages with all the exhilaration of a high dive. While simple enough to keep brand-new and below-level readers in tow--and strengthen their vocabulary with contextual clues--this charming, high-energy Hawaiian fable will reveal deeper layers to more intuitive readers.
--Booklist (starred review)
Sharks, superpowers, and the comic-panel format will initially lure in readers, but the subtext of bullying, parental separation, and self-discovery will stay with them long afterward. The characters' rounded black outlines convey strong energy and emotion, while the panels and spreads feature a lush, colorful Hawaiian setting.
--The Horn Book (starred review)
This graphic novel, which works either as a read-aloud or as a step toward chapter books for young readers, offers a story especially appealing to boys who long to be just like Dad.
--The New York Times
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