Shark vs. Train

LITTLE, BROWN Books for Young Readers

Co-created with Sibert Honor winner Chris Barton

So, who's tougher—Shark or Train? It all depends. When trick-or-treating, Shark is the clear winner, thanks to his wicked smile; but, in a marshmallow-roasting contest, Train triumphs by virtue of his built-in, coal-stoked roaster. And on and on it goes, with Shark and Train in one absurd competition after another until they discover that sometimes, nobody wins.

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Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity."

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Imaginative and very funny... This inspired pairing, executed with ingenuity and packed with action and humor, is a sure winner."

School Library Journal,
Starred Review


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