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Shark vs. Train

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,860 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews
Shark VS. Train!

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Aug 12, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
This is a super fun read, and would make an especially good "boy book" (I generally don't like labeling books like that, but I know parents and teachers are really on the hunt for books to get their boys into reading and I think this is a great choice!) There's a friendly competition between the shark and the train, and it highlights the fact that we are all have different strengths and weaknesses. The shark and train are in a variety of amusing situations, like playing basketball, being an amus ...more
A shark and a train compete in several contests. Everything from bowling, playing hide and seek, shooting baskets, video games, performing in a piano recital and many, many more hilarious scenarios.
This book is just downright fun. My kids were in stitches and I had fun reading it. Very creative, very clever, and did I mention fun?
Lisa Vegan
Oct 09, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young boys; those who appreciate imaginative play; rambunctious kids
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
This wasn’t grabbing me at the beginning but as it went on, I really appreciated the story and the pictures. Two young boys are playing, one with a shark and one with the train. Well, ahem, the shark and the train are relating with one another. Each page is another friendly, and often amusing, competition between them. First one, then the other, does best at a particular activity (in a hot air balloon, roasting marshmallows, trick or treating, going off the high dive, etc. etc. etc.) and then th ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
This picture book from the author of the DAY-GLO BROTHERS is one of the funniest I've read in a long time. The premise is simple - two boys pull toys from a toy box and start a battle with them. One has a shark, the other a train, and the result is a hilarious series of competitions in which Shark and Train face off in everything from high-diving to trick-or-treating. Laugh-out-loud text with fun, lively illustrations and a lot of little details in the art that add another layer of humor for mom ...more
Jan 18, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
One of my preschoolers favorites. They love the idea of pitting a shark against a train, and of course, in their opinion the train would always win, hands down. Going through our hundreds of books trying to get rid of some, but I think this one is a keeper. Great addition to any children's collection.
Dec 16, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is my two-year-old son's favorite book. He calls it "my book." We read it over and over and over and over and . . .
Sweet on Books
May 12, 2011 Sweet on Books rated it really liked it
Shark vs. Train is an entertaining tale about what happens when one young boy finds a toy shark in the toy box and another young boy finds a toy train. This begins a battle royale with a series of amusing face-offs. Who will win in the ocean? Shark, of course. Who will win on the railroad tracks? Another predictable one. But the fun begins when author Chris Barton's inquiries start to get more unusual: who will run a better lemonade stand? Apparently Train, because Shark can't compete with a lem ...more
Rita Crayon Huang
Feb 03, 2011 Rita Crayon Huang rated it it was amazing
Brilliant concept. Genius!! This book is a perfect gift for every imaginative three-to-eight year old you know (and that's all of them), by which I mean that you-know-it-when-you-see-it stage that often starts before three and lasts well beyond eight--when kids start randomly pretending they're tigers and panda bears, engaging in contests, liking trains . . . Okay, this book is for everyone. You see a kid, and you can't help but want to give them this book. (That's my favorite Chinese grammar co ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Janene rated it really liked it
Here is why I like and review this book. It was just the comical neutralizer we needed around here, with the boys' continual rivalry and one upmanship between their toys. Who is the best, the fastest, the highest, the most amazing? Who wins?

This book plays with this question by matching up unlikely rivals, the shark and train (and even frames it within two boys picking the two out of the toy box).

Shark vs. Train. Who will win? Well ..... it depends on what the contest is. From sword-fighting, to
Jul 08, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Shark vs. Train surprised me a bit. I really wasn't expecting the kids to really like this book that much, but I was wrong. The text is pretty funny, the pictures are cute and easy for kids to process, and my 3 year old nephew got the concept of this book right away. Both kids were very interested to see who was going to come out on top in this contest between unlikely rivals.

This book is another that is perhaps a little challenging to read out loud, though. There are several conversational "bub
Dec 20, 2014 Bethany rated it it was amazing
I heard Alvina Ling speak about this book in 2009, the summer before it came out. You should have heard her say "SHHAAAARRRRRK! versus TRRRAAAIIIIIIN!"

It's a great picture book. It's different, with a clear statement. I loved the spread that is meant to be turned 90 degrees since the action happens vertically across both pages. Well done!
Feb 07, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2-4 grade
Recommended to Jess by: Monarch
Given a certain situation, who would win: shark or train?

The moment they see the cover, kids fall into like with this book. I mean, sharks, right? It looks sweet and it's even kind of funny. BUT, it is terribly awkward and tricky to read aloud. It's a Monarch so I gave it a go with K, 1st, and 2nd and man, not easy.

It's a larger picture book, but the details are small. It's got some funny situations, but many require explanations, especially when you're dealing with kids under 3rd grade. When yo
Jun 01, 2015 Melki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
If professional wrestling were as thrilling as this book, I would never stop watching it.
Apr 01, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
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Jul 15, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, childrens
Which is superior shark or train? Who is better and can come out on top? It all depends on the situation and you will discover that in the pages of this book when these two little boys start the competition. Grabbing these two toys from the toy box, they come up with some interesting completion against a train and a shark. Whether they’re in the ocean, playing video games, eating pies, sword fighting, running a lemonade stand or one of the many other competitions the boys put the two toys up aga ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
There really isn't a lot of story in these "vs." picture books (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime), but they're engaging and kids love them. I wanted to do a transportation storytime (pretty much solely because I have an awesome flannel board for it), and I wanted to have some super funny books to go along with it rather than just your typical "This is a fire engine. The fire engine goes 'whoo whoo!'" type stuff which is a little boring for the older kids. (Though there was a bit of that.) Shark vs. Train is ...more
Stephenie Barnes
Apr 23, 2015 Stephenie Barnes rated it really liked it
This was a very fun book. I would typically recommend it to boys because the story is all who is the best and competition but girls could love it too. I loved how the story started out with the shark and the train competing with each other when there was a clear winner between the two but then switched to competitions where neither would win. This showed that they both had flaws and there was never going to be a perfect winner. That is a good story that parents could read to their children if th ...more
Jammie Mays
Oct 26, 2014 Jammie Mays rated it liked it
The illustrator does a great job with the cover making both the shark and the train the same size, which made me think that this story might end in a standoff. I love how the author introduced the characters on the back and gave the reader a little bio on both characters. The end pages contain two separate boxes of toys and both characters are in them, this is the same on the back end pages. There are no borders on each of these pages which brings the reader right into the story and each spread. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Shark vs Train by Chris Barton is not known for it's literary genious, but it is a humorous and colorful book that my 4 year old son absolutely loves. I will be honest and say that the side-conversations in the story (those written in idea bubbles) are a bit distracting in my opinion. I would have preferred the story without them. But given that this is a children's book and my child frequently requests it, Chris Barton must be doing something right. My son and I did have to go back and take cou ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
1. SUMMARY - The eternal battle between . . . sharks and trains. This fight exists in the imaginative play of two boys and their toys. The book portrays the shark and train as characters in different contest scenarios to see who would be the winner. Who would win at a pie eating contest? What about a carnival ride? Would you go on a live shark ride? The competition ends because the boys are called to lunch . . . for now.
2. GENRE - This picture book represents a combination of anthropomorphic and
Andrew Shumate
Oct 06, 2015 Andrew Shumate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld must have somehow spied on my brother and I playing together when we were in elementary school. That's the only way this book makes sense. Anyway... on with the review.

Doing a critical review of this book just feels wrong. This book is to children's picture books what Tranformers and Jurassic World are to film. There isn't a whole awful lot of stuff going on under the hood. The illustrations are nice but won't be winning any awards anytime soon. The story is simp
May 23, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: preschool, k-3, storytime
Shark vs. Train
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
Duck, Rabbit =
Coming soon to a library near you.
Mallory Dunn
Apr 21, 2015 Mallory Dunn rated it liked it
Two toys, a shark and a train, are in a tough competition. Each of the toys believe they will win in a battle, but only in their own preferred environment. The toys battle on different battlegrounds that give one or the other the upper hand. Unfortunately, the battle is never settled since the two are placed back in the toy bin and wait until next time.
I personally didn't really enjoy this book. There was just a little too much back and forth going on for me although this can be seen often betwe
Sarah George
Mar 10, 2015 Sarah George rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-selection
A shark and a train partake in competing - the actions controlled by two brothers. Who would win in a fight? The story tells of all the circumstances in which a shark would win - such as, underwater and eating pies - as well as when the train would win - in burping contests and at the carnival. But, in the end, what truly matters is when neither of them have the advantage. It's a great read for children; especially adventurous boys! The artwork adds so much more to the storyline, and the puns ma ...more
Oct 06, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Shark VS. Train! WHO WILL WIN?! If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious & wacky picture book, Shark & Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating & many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train? With Tom Lichtenheld's hilarious & playful illustrations combined with Chris Barton's zany text, this irreverent picture book ...more
I really thought I had read this before, but as I began reading, it became clear that I haven't. (Wonder what book I did read that I thought was this one?...) Anyway, this was darling. Much cuter than I expected...because again, I thought I'd already read it and thought it was only so-so. Who will win...shark or train? Well it all depends.... on where they are (ocean or train tracks) or what they are doing (bowling, shooting baskets, or jumping off a high dive). Each possible scenario is illustr ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Two young boys dash to the toy box and dig around. One emerges with a shark toy while the other brandishes a toy train. So now the sides are clear, but which toy would win a battle? Well, that all depends! Would it be underwater or on train tracks? Would they be eating pies or having a burping contest? The ideas of the sorts of competitions will have readers giggling in delight as the shark wins one and then the train wins the next. Each competition is illustrated for humor and the reasons for w ...more
How did I forget to write my review for this?! I loved this book! So fun. Very imaginative. Right up the alley of boys' imaginations, especially with their toys. Loved the illustrations. This would be a fun read-aloud. I think it would work in preschool. Excellent lap-read. A good choice for a Beehive nominee.

4/24/12 The 2012 Beehive Book winner for JP. Yay! There were many good ones and I'm glad one of the ones I loved won. Can't wait to meet the illustrator this summer!!

10/24/12 & 10/25/12
Jan 18, 2012 Carlee rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is such a cute and clever book. You can't help but to laugh at each page as you see the witty comments made by the Shark and the Train as they battle like children. Their competition is relatable for so many children. This could be a great story to read if you are talking about differences with children. It shows that someone may be better or worse at something than another person. It is also great in talking about using our imaginations. In the story, the two little boys are really the one ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Alisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This was fun to read aloud and kids enjoy reading the speech bubbles and trying to decide who they think would win. The story is about two boys playing with sharks and trains and you can tell by the first and last pages. They pictures are funny and explains different factors that can affect who will win in a fight like who names the game, where it takes place, and what's the game they're playing. I like the page with the high dive because you have to turn the page 90º .
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I'm the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train (illus. by Tom Lichtenheld), Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers (illus. by Tony Persiani), and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (illus. by Don Tate), a 2016-17 Texas Bluebonnet Master List book.

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