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Shark Nate-O

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Nate loves sharks. He reads shark books every day, watches sharks on TV, and talks about them nonstop. He even likes to pretend he’s a shark wherever he goes! However, there is one small problem. . . .

Nate can’t swim.

When his older brother points this out, Nate works hard to overcome his fears and learn how to blow bubbles, use a kickboard, and finally swim without help, 
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by little bee books
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Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, fins-r-us
Nate is obsessed with sharks, but pretending to be one might just help him learn to swim.


Cute story, and one I couldn't pass by . . . especially since my oldest son is named Nate.
Karla Valenti
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tara's debut picture book, SHARK NATE-O is an adorable tale of a dreamer who refuses to let go of his dream, in spite of the greatest of challenges. The precocious MC bubbles with personality and dedication (traits that come through brilliantly in the illustrations). The plot line is a familiar one, and one with which any reader will quickly identify. The text is rich with humor and word play that will delight young readers and amuse the adults as well. This is a wonderful addition to any child' ...more
Juliana Lee
Nate has to overcome his fear of swimming if he's going to be a shark. ...more
Lisa Katzenberger
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story and I was rooting for Nate the whole way through!
Becky Shillington
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nate loves sharks so much that he thinks he IS one. But one big thing stands between Nate and true sharkiness—he can’t swim! With the help of his teacher Ms. Deborah, Nate dives into swimming lessons and uses his vast shark knowledge to help him master different skills and strokes. As he gains confidence and conquers his fears, he proves that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to and becomes a real SHARK NATE-O!

This book is perfect for children learning to swim, experienced swim-team ki
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chock full of puns, silly allusions, onomatopoeia, and alliteration, this is a humorous story about a boy (Nate) who wants to be a shark. One problem: Nate doesn't know how to swim! Kids who love "jawsome" wordplay as well as those who are learning how to swim will enjoy this story. The "Nate's Facts about Sharks" section at the end includes fascinating facts about some unusual sharks. All in all, this is a fun read. ...more
Christina Carter
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-excursion
Note: Adavance Reader Edition | Book releases Apil 2018

I like Nate. He's a smart kid who knows how to use his resources to discover and understand the world around him. Nate loves sharks, a LOT, so he studies them and collects numerous facts that he shares with anyone who will listen (find Nate's Shark Facts at the end of the book). He often pretends to be a shark. His older brother however, is unimpressed and declares that Nate is not a real shark because he can't swim. Nate didn't let this fac
Shan Salter
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of Shark Nate-O. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever found yourself with a child who knows everything there is to know about a certain type of animal? Sharks, perhaps? Well, Nate knows all there is to know about sharks, loves them, and aspires to be a shark. There’s just one small problem...Nate doesn’t know how to swim. Becky Cattie and Tara Luebbe have written a cute story that shows that we can always learn so
Cathy Mealey
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nate is a shark fanatic, but must learn how to swim before he can transform into the one and only SHARK NATE-O in this pool perfect fish tale from Luebbe and Cattie.

Obsessed with sharks, Nate fills his world with shark facts that he can’t resist sharing and even acting out, much to his older brother’s chagrin. But when it comes to light that Nate can’t swim, he isn’t put off for long. Enrolling in swim lessons, Nate learns to prove his water-worthiness by blowing bubbles, using a kickboard, and
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of SHARK NATE-O. As always, all opinions are my own.

SHARK NATE-O is the perfect book for little swimmers who are working to overcome their water fears. I appreciated how the authors showed Nate’s progression from overconfidence, to fear, to timid attempts, to skills mastery. Even with his affinity for shark culture, Nate had to put in a lot of hard work to reach his goals—and that’s something we all need to remember.

But the book offers m
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. #partner

“Shark Nate-o” is a fun story for preschoolers, or any child learning to conquer a fear. Nate is a little boy how loves all things shark. He is pretty much as close to a shark expert as a kid could get, except for one problem...he is afraid to learn to swim. Will Nate finally get up the courage to swim with the sharks, or will he continue to flounder with the fishes?
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May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title of this children’s book grabbed my attention immediately, and the story itself did NOT disappoint! Nate is a cute kid who is OBSESSED with sharks – you know that kid who spits out rapid-fire facts on their favorite subject? Yep, that’s him. But even though he loves the ocean-dwelling creatures, Nate himself is not so keen on being in the water, as swimming is not his strong suit. Facing his fears, Nate takes swim lessons and slowly but surely becomes an amazing swimmer! This story come ...more
Hannah Holt
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Nate is child that self-identifies as a shark. :) He loves spouting shark facts and CHOMPING everything in sight.

However, his older brother bursts his shark-bubble when he points out Nate can't swim.

Nate starts swim lessons with his usual enthusiasm only to need a pool rescue. This throws a bit of a wet blanket on his lessons. Nate becomes afraid of the water, but by small swimming tasks his teacher brings him back from the deep end of his fear. Then through hard work he ma
Jessie Oliveros
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun book! It's perfect for shark-lovers and swimmers--especially hesitant swimmers. I love the idea of a boy who LOVES sharks but doesn't know how to swim. The story begins with Nate's endearing obsession with sharks, then the reveal (by his over-confident, award-winning, swim-team brother) that Nate doesn't swim. What follows are Nate's attempts at fixing this, from flat-out jumping in, to his lessons and determined practices. Kids will recognize the steps of learning how to swi ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Nate loves sharks. He can tell you any fact you might want to know about any shark on earth. His only problem, though, is that he can’t swim. In fact, he might even be a little bit afraid of the water. He knows this just won’t do, so he’s determined to make a change. Nate shows a great deal of courage, perseverance and determination during the many weeks that are necessary for him to learn to swim.
Sarah Reul
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chomp CHOMP! The story of SHARK NATE-O (written by Becky Carrie & Tara Luebbe, illustrated by Daniel Duncan, published by Little Bee Books) follows “frightful, bite-ful,” shark-loving Nate as he draws inspiration from his favorite animal to overcome the challenge of learning how to swim. The illustrations are packed with energetic, sketchy lines and lots of fun shark-related details for little readers to spot. A full spread of fascinating shark facts rounds off the end of the book.

Would make a
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Nate is so obsessed with sharks that he pretends to be one (CHOMP!), but realizes that he can't swim. Swim lessons with Coach Debra follow, and despite an initial cold dash of reality, Nate is determined to learn. He takes inspiration from his knowledge of sharks (sharks are fearless; must keep moving at all times . . .) and he works hard. Readers routing for him will be happy with the results of the swim team tryouts. A winner! I really like the word play (frightful, bite-ful; kicked like a car ...more
Becky B
Nate is obsessed with sharks. There's just one thing holding him back from practically being a shark. He can't swim. But when his first day of swim lessons is a colossal flop, will Nate's shark days be over or will he stick it out to become the one and only Shark Nate-O?

A good story about perseverance and overcoming a bad experience in the water. Nate is quite the colorful character who will stick with readers long after the close the pages. There's also some info on sharks mentioned in the book
Amber Webb
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe had a character main character who demonstrated overcoming fears, perseverance and lot of sharks! I think there will be many children that relate to Nate who has a deep passion for sharks and wants nothing more to be a shark, but doesn't know how to swim. I love that he used his love of sharks to overcome his fear of the water and learning how to swim. I have students in my class that I know will love this book. They will enjoy the story, but will also spend a great d ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great story about motivation and not giving up on your dreams, even if there are some obstacles along the way.

That’s what Nate discovered in “Shark Nate-O”. Nate is just obsessed with sharks and wants to join the Sharks swim team, but one problem, he doesn’t know how to swim!

With a bit of determination, coaching from his swim instructor, he learns to be a great swimmer!

P.S. In addition, readers will enjoy funny swim pool jokes. For example floating bandaids in the pool and taking the
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shark Nate-O is a funny and heartwarming story of a shark-obsessed boy named Nate who is missing one important thing on his quest to becoming just like one of his favorite predators - he can't swim. Readers will follow Nate through his personal journey from land-locked shark admirer to an awesome, jawsome swimmer. This is the perfect read for kids facing their first swim lessons or shark lovers, and the fun shark facts add a little non-fiction fun. Your kids will cheer for Shark Nate-O the whole ...more
Shark Nate-O is a charming and humorous story perfect for anyone who loves sharks or swimming (or those who simply enjoy a funny story). Nate, the main character, is obsessed with sharks and lives in shark-mode 24x7. Except his big brother points out that Nate can't swim. He takes it to heart and forms a plan of attack--learn to swim. But it's not so easy. Readers will happily cheer Nate on and learn fun facts about sharks along the way. The text is fun and full of puns. The illustrations are ex ...more
Cindy Johnson
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When shark-loving Nate needs to join the swim team to prove that he is a "real" shark, he doesn't think it will be a problem. . . until he discovers he can't swim - after jumping into the pool. With his confidence shaken, Nate relies on his inner shark ("Sharks are fearless") to help him persevere. Daniel Duncan's illustrations provide an added layer of humor to this wonderful read for any shark-loving kid, any swimming kid and any kid afraid to swim. As a bonus, there are lots of shark facts at ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shark Nate - O just taught me that there is a shark that can use it’s fun to walk on land, so either evolution is moving fast, or I need to run faster. This book is really fun. Nate loves sharks and while he likes to play at being a shark. But the only real way to be a shark is to swim. So swimming lessons it is. This book is great for anyone endeavoring to take swimming lesson, who might be a little afraid of the water. Don’t worry, this book will help make it okay to go back in the water.
Johnell Dewitt
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to see an advanced copy. The story and art are great. The humor is perfect for kids and grown-ups. Shark facts are scattered throughout the story. For the die-hard shark fan, there's also a section of additional shark facts in the back. The art is perfect for the text, and readers will enjoy the fun surprises the illustrator added in the details. It's a win for parents and educators--funny, educational, and easy to read. ...more
Jami Gigot
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We love Shark Nate-O! This is a hilarious tale of a shark obsessed boy who decides it's high time to get in the water and learn to swim. Swimming may not be as easy as Shark-Nate-O thought it would be, but he shows us that with a little perseverance and hard work, we can all achieve our dreams. The illustrations are a perfect complement to the witty and fun text. I'm looking forward to more books by these authors! ...more
Derick Wilder
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The debut picture book by this talented author duo is a humorous tale about a young boy with a big dream! An ocean full of clever word play and shark references, combined with picture-perfect artwork, make it a story that begs to be read again and again. With a subtle theme of overcoming fears swirling beneath the surface and a list of fun shark facts, Shark-Nate-O is a wonderful blend of fact and fiction. I can’t wait to see what they dream up next!
Kate Narita
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love books that have characters with "can-do" attitudes. Nate-O chomps at his goal bit-by-bit till he reaches it, and in so doing surpasses his big brother! Fans of Abby Klein's Ready Freddy! Shark Tooth Tale will cheer for Shark Nate-O. There's also fantastic scientific back matter. If you're inspired to help sharks after reading Becky Cattie and Tara Leubbe's Shark Nate-O, be sure to check out Melissa Stewart's A Place for Fish. ...more
Jeanette Bradley
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun wordplay and sketchy illustrations combine in this “tail” of a shark-loving boy learning to swim. Nate loves to pretend to be a shark, but... he can’t swim. SHARK NATE-O follows his efforts to learn, until his eventual “fin-tastic” success. Nate pretends to be various types of sharks based on their behaviors and habitats. The author’s note at the end of the book goes into more detail, and will satisfy shark-loving readers. A fun riff on the themes of perseverance and overcoming fear.
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