BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Clark the Shark Loves Christmas by Bruce Hale

TITLE: Clark the Shark Loves Christmas

AUTHOR: Bruce Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Guy Francis

PUBLISHER:  Harper Collins Publishers, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Clark the Shark loves Christmas more than anyone! When Clark’s class organizes a Secret Santa exchange, Clark decides to find out who will be giving him a present . . . and forgets to get a present for his Secret Santa! What will happen on the day of the gift exchange? Will Clark learn about Christmas giving?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  Stories about sea creatures will always caption my attention, but when I was collecting picture books for my special Christmas edition of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS, I wanted to make sure I was gathering a wide variety of great books for young readers and their families. Author, Bruce Hale, writes a whimsical tale of one shark’s attempt to discover who is his Secret Santa and nearly forgets his own Santa duties. There is a great subtle message woven into this holiday story and young readers will enjoy studying the lovely artwork created by illustrator, Guy Francis. A nice addition to any library!

RATING: ****4 Stars ****

RATING SYSTEM:

1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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