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Shark In The Park

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  718 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Timothy Pope has a brand new telescope and he's testing it out at the park. Children will delight in peeping through the die-cut holes and guessing what Tim has spotted. Is that really a shark he can see? Turn the page and find out . . .
Paperback, 24 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Corgi Childrens (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jun 06, 2016 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Loved it!
Cute, colorful illustrations, rhymes, and of course, Timothy Pope with his new telescope, thinking everything he sees in the park looks like a shark :)
Sep 02, 2015 Fatima rated it it was amazing
Shark in the park is a story about a boy named Timothy Pope who is testing out his new toy a telescope in the park. He looks up, he looks down, he looks right and then left with his telescope and then he thinks he sees a shark….is it a shark? Or is it something else?
This is an enjoyable story with allot of repetition and rhyme. This book can be read by independent young readers. It is a funny colourful story which even as grownups we can appreciate. This can be read to a class at the end of the
Mar 04, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, humorous
Working on ya Boston accent? Tired of saying "Pahk ya cah in Hahvid yahd"? Then this is the book for you! It's wicked funny!
Jun 01, 2014 Luthfayah rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about a boy called Timothy Pope, who got a brand new telescope. He takes it with him to the park and you won’t imagine what he could see! A Shark in the Park! The little fin that he kept spotting turned out to be other objects leading him to look for something else- only to his amusement another shark in the park! I read this book during circle time for a nursery class who absolutely enjoyed the repetition, getting them to join in (more like shouting!) as a group for repeated w ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Jennie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching
This is a great story about a boy called Timothy Pope who has got a brand new telescope which he takes to the park and through it he sees a SHARK! The 'sharks' fin he keeps seeing ends up being other objects until he leaves at the end and a fin is poking out of the duck pond!

I have read this book to nursery and reception age children who loved shouting out There's a shark in the park! Children who didn't normally like to talk during circle times were joining in with the shouting too, which was
Jul 18, 2012 Leyoh rated it really liked it
This is laugh out loud funny with bright and exciting pictures to get the readers imagination going, I would recommend it is not one to read before bed.
In Shark in the Park, Timothy Pope visits the park with his telescope. He spots a shark fin and worries several times. Each time the shark fin turns out to be something else. Children may enjoy the surprise behind each die cut. Finally, Timothy's dad arrives to take him home as a duck spots a shark fin the park.
The clear and consistent font lends the book to print awareness. The pattern of the shark fin surprise and the three times that Timothy sees a shark fin could help children develop narra
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
In rhyming text, Sharratt’s story follows the adventures of a little boy named Timothy Pope who repeatedly thinks he sees a shark in the park! Each time Timothy looks through his telescope he sees a close up of something that could be a shark’s fin, but it turns out to be a cat’s ear or a crow’s wing. The repetitive text and the bright illustrations, make this a great book for storytime.

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Mar 16, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
this is really quite cute.

explanation for my sudden shelving of numerous children's books : because why not? and also, this is what happens when you start working in a children's bookstore and have to familiarise yourself so as to be able to make recommendations to customers. (not that I'm complaining because hello, I get to read at work!!!)
Jun 05, 2016 kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picture Book, Telescopes, Parks, Stories in Rhyme, Storytime

Through his telescope a little boy keeps seeing what seems to be a shark in the park, but by turning the page the reader can see and identify the whole object.
Timothy Pope scans the park with his new telescope, each time seeing a SHARK! Each time it's actually something benign like a cat or crow. The "shark fin" is revealed through round die cuts. Great for storytimes.
Amanda Harris
Nov 17, 2010 Amanda Harris rated it really liked it
Timothy Pope has a brand new telescope! When he takes it to the park, he seems to keep seeing what looks like a shark. Is there a shark in the park?? Read and find out! This is a great read aloud. Have the kids look up, down, right, left, and all around as you find out together if there is a "Shark in the Park".

I love this book. It's short, easy to read, and funny. If you are doing a group read aloud and the kids have read or listened to it before, they will surely yell out what's in the park be
Through his telescope a little boy keeps seeing what seems to be a shark in the park, but by turning the page the reader can see and identify the whole object.
Kirsten Murphy
Book connections:
1. I'm a Shark (Shea)

Learning connections:
1. Rhyming stories
2. Jumping to conclusions
3. Parks/outdoors
4. Humor

Fun read-aloud!
Lindsey Johnson
Sep 22, 2009 Lindsey Johnson added it
Shelves: pbgs-1
I really like how it has a hole in almost every page pretending it is like a telescope. This book is very short and really easy to read. I think this book is for second graders and younger. It makes the children wonder what he is seeing in the telescope. Through the telescope it looks like it could be a shark fin but then when you flip the page it is from a bird’s wing or something else. Reading this book you could really make it intense for the little kids. I can see them not being able to sit ...more
Apr 17, 2014 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I am a big fan of Nick Sharratt's stories for children and Shark In The Park is a fun tale. Fabulous for introducing rhyme to young children.
Dec 15, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Cute to read on his own... lots of repetition that builds his confidence and a teensy bit silly, which keeps him smiling. :)
Ali Ng
Jan 23, 2016 Ali Ng rated it really liked it
Great book for children, the repetition and rhyme are sure to be a hit. Will read this in a storytime session.
Mar 25, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The three-year-old gives this 10 stars. Reads along with me and laughs delightedly at the end every time :)
Sep 22, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: samuel-count
Great rhythm to this book. It was fun to see what different animals can make the shark fin shape.
Library Quine
Timothy Pope takes his telescope to the park and sees sharks everywhere (except every shark he spies turns out to be something else when he isn't looking through the telescope). There is a nice repetitive section of text which children might like to join in with (I'd prep them in advance to do a set of actions with it too). The story itself has a repetitive element too, which gives the opportunity for asking children to predict whether it will be a shark (or not), or to guess at what he might re ...more
Tracey Young
May 03, 2012 Tracey Young rated it it was amazing
Children love this book, it is fun and interactive. It is about a young boy called Timothy Pope who is looking through a telescope in the park. The children are able you look through holes in the book to see what Timothy can see for themselves. They get very excited when they peep through the holes and guess what Timothy has spotted. Each picture in the book challenges the children to think. This brightly illustrated book contains clever rhymes and pleasant repetition so children can begin to ch ...more
Lauren White
May 29, 2015 Lauren White rated it really liked it
Would be a fun lower el. read aloud
Sep 07, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
One of our favorites!
Mar 27, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
Great for reading aloud
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Bonnie Arriola
Oct 23, 2015 Bonnie Arriola rated it it was amazing
So cute & fun!
Jun 12, 2014 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
About shapes, fun and well done.
Chloe Avery
Jan 18, 2012 Chloe Avery rated it really liked it
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt
This book is about a young boy Timothy Pope who has a brand new telescope. The boy decides to test his new telescope in the park and sees what he believes is a shark fin. Is there a shark in the park? When I read this book with children they really enjoyed the lens-shaped cut out pages and guessing what Timothy maybe seeing through his telescope. I believe the illustrations in this book are a key part of its charm. The book also contains allot of repeated direct
Benjamin Elliott
Apr 26, 2016 Benjamin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
clever bait and switch story with a cool book set up. This was a classroom favorite at a previous school I worked for so we read it often.
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Nick Sharratt is the author-illustrator of numerous books for children, including The Foggy, Foggy Forest and Dinosaurs’ Day Out. He lives in Brighton, England.
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