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Shark In The Park

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  573 ratings  ·  56 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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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!
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
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
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 Musser
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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Amanda Harris
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
Lindsey Johnson
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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
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.
A boy uses his telescope and finds shark fins in the park, only to find it's not actually a shark. A fun twist at the end.
Cute to read on his own... lots of repetition that builds his confidence and a teensy bit silly, which keeps him smiling. :)
The three-year-old gives this 10 stars. Reads along with me and laughs delightedly at the end every time :)
Great rhythm to this book. It was fun to see what different animals can make the shark fin shape.
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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
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
Would be a fun lower el. read aloud
One of our favorites!
Great for reading aloud
About shapes, fun and well done.
Chloe Avery
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
Really clever title showing view through telescope of things areound the park...but the partial always appears to be a shark fin. Of course, my shark-obsessed child loved it. Irony is the last page that reveals the true location of the shark. Toddlers would enjoy...brief text but also fun for preschoolers who will get the picture play more than the younger children.
Chelsea Horton
I was not a big fan of this book, but I know children will really like the story. A young boy has a telescope and thinks he sees a shark in the park, but he sees parts of other things like a cat ear, a crow's wing, and his father's hair. I thought it was a silly story, but the illustrations bored me a little. They were too child-like for me to enjoy.
I love this book! It helped get me my job in Novi, and I re-read it this past week in preparation to use it in storytime. Didn't end up happening as I always prepare about five times more books than I need, but I still love it. Kids love animals, and shapes and this combines those in a silly and clever way.
A fun and interactive picture book creatively written and illustrated. Lots of repetition so that children are able to join in with the reading and have the opportunity to use their voices in different ways such as chanting and shouting. It is an exciting read and very catchy.
Nov 25, 2009 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool and up
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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.
Another book like "Who Ate All the Cookie Dough", with great repetition and rhyme that our boys like so much. We read it at least 7 times today and our toddlers "read" and laughed it to us. What is it that Timothy Pope really sees through his telescope?
Maggie KutsBorg
Read with a mixed group of toddlers/preschoolers. They really enjoyed this, which isn't surprising - it's a hoot. I made it interactive by having the kids make telescopes with their hands to look up/down/all around with Timothy.
Always a hit with the children, great surprises and they love the rhyming throughout.
Shark in the Park as title hints as a rhyming book, which is great for childrens interest. It is a fun and exciting book which children can easily get in to. I would recommend this for children in Nursery or Reception.
This book was part of my Orff class yesterday. They demonstrated a musical composition activity to accompany it for 1st graders. Excellent lesson, now I have to go buy this book!
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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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