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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 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?

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Kathryn
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
Jeanette
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?
midnightfaerie
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.
Lisa Vegan
Oct 09, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Kate
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
Sweet on Books
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
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
Janene
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...more
Amy
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...more
Jess
Feb 07, 2012 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Sandy
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
Jessica
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
Tiffany
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
Julie
Shark vs. Train
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
&
Duck, Rabbit =
VERSUS STORYTIME
Coming soon to a library near you.
David
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
Jenny
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
Tasha
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
Carlee
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
Claudia Margaroli
I read this particular story to children I was babysitting. They had requested it as their bedtime story as it was one of their favorites, so I had high expectations. I was not let down; the plot was very creative, original, and very funny. The story is about two boys imagining their toy shark and train coming to life and battling in various competitions; such as burping contests and bowling. I found the two characters battling to be a hilarious combination. The illustrations were a sort of “I-s...more
Becky
1. Audience: this book would be an excellent choice for primary students. I would say it would be best for pre-kindergarten through second grade.
2. Appeal: This book would interest these ages because both the main characters are well know, a shark and a train. they are both silly and an unusual pair to go against each other. The pictures are colorful and there is conversations on each page to keep them wanting more.
3.Activity: In my classroom I would have my children make predictions on who th...more
Heidi
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...more
Aj
You were given a copy of this book for your second birthday, from Mat, Jay and Jude Wilson (Jude was your first friend in Conroe, Texas, having been born just four months before you!). The copy was signed by the author/illustrator and you didn't quite "get" the book the first couple times we read it. Sometime around age 4, you started to get a few of the jokes and snickering when the shark and train were both trying to be good in the library.
Betty Hinton
Audience- This book would be good for Kindergartens, 1st grade and 2nd grade students, both boys and girls. My son, who is in 1st grade, read this book and absolutely loved it.

Appeal- The pictures in this book are colorful and funny. Student will enjoy the silliness of this story.

Application- This book can be used in the classroom to discusses how the train and the shark are very different but they are both great at different things, much like humans. After reading the book teacher could pair t...more
Megan
This is going to be the first book at the top of my list that I will buy for my own personal library. I do not remember laughing harder to a children's book than when I read Shark vs. Train. This book allows you to become a kid again and to learn to laugh for no reason other than to be happy. It is a silly book that will appeal to all children, both girls and boys, but what is really special about this book is the fact that it is a great book to get boys to read. They will find its humor delight...more
Ruth
This is so wacked out and hilarious. The stuff that must go through some people's brains to come up with this kind of a kid book! Not only can I see the appeal to a certain age group (and maybe, to a certain gender--although there I would say I think it could appeal to both boys and girls), but the art is delightful, and the little asides are so witty and humorous that I can't imagine adults wouldn't like this too. The premise is that each kid picks a toy from the toy bin--one is a shark, the ot...more
Matthew
This was a cute story. It reminded me a bit of Toy Story, with its playtime aspects ... and a little of the age-old ninja vs. pirate kind of debates that always happen (though I do have to admit, sharks and trains is an interesting spin on that).



I don't think that there is anything classic about this book, but I picked it up for my nephew because I figured it would be fun to read to him. It has a bit of the guessing element that makes reading fun, and creates a quick page turner.



The art is nicel...more
Candice
Mar 25, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody!
Recommended to Candice by: Lorry
Shelves: picture-books
What a fun book! Read it to the kids when they're little and they will enjoy reading it to themselves when they are older. Two little boys run from different directions to a toy box. One takes out a shark and the other a train. Which is better? That depends. The trash talking toys compete in a variety of situations. Shark is better at some (in the ocean, eating pies...), train at others (on the train tracks, in a burping contest...). It's a subtle way to show kids that some children are better a...more
Jschofi4
Fantastical illustrations combined with age-appropriate situations, Barton and Lichtenheld’s Shark vs Train captures the essence of young children’s play and mentality. The story begins with two little boys running for the two box to grab their two favorite toys, a shark and a train. Each boy then challenges the other to a competition of which character would win in real-world situations; for example, would a shark or a train win at trick or treating? What about exploring distance galaxies? Or b...more
Sarah Sammis
Shark vs Train by Chris Barton was a 2010 Cybils finalist. It's the story of a rivalry between a shark and train. The are constantly competing... racing, diving, playing video games and all sorts of other ways.

Sometimes shark wins. Sometimes train wins. Sometimes both do. And sometimes neither does.

The illustrations completely sell this outlandish story. When I first heard the title I ignored the book thinking it sounded too ridiculous or too gimicky. But the pictures of them competing are as si...more
Jennifer Kozuch
Shark vs. Train! This book was such a riot! I found myself smiling and giggling for each page of outrageous competition! I admired the entertaining illustrations and loved how silly the comparisons were for each head to head battle. I could definitely see myself using this book in a classroom of second graders (or younger). The story has a underlying moral of how competition has its limits. Everyone has their own set of talents and skills, just as we saw... Sharks will not always be able to do t...more
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