Hey there reading buddies! Today I’ve got two picture books for you: Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld, and The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses by Lisa Wheeler and Zachariah Ohora.
The highly thought-provoking Shark vs Train follows a hypothetical battle betwixt toothy sea creature and iron-clad steam machine. The overarching message at the end of this one is that context is everything!
* you’ve ever idly debated the relative merits of two random objects across a range of wildly unlikely scenarios
* you are a philosophy buff with a particular interest in toy-related dilemmas
* you believe the transition of competition-style reality tv shows to book format is long overdue
* you are a boy, aged 3 to 93 +, or are responsible for providing reading material for a boy, aged 3 to 93+
I really enjoyed this book as it is super relatable for anyone who has ever spent time with children of a certain age. What tickled me most though, was that I could just imagine the book being played out as a serious conversation between two little fleshlings…and realised that the two little fleshlings could be substituted for two old men and the imagined conversation was altered not one jot. Now that’s proof of a wide appeal!
* you believe any major life decision should be approached using fieldwork, careful recording of observations, and an empirically verifiable method
*you firmly believe that your parents would have allowed you to keep those seven cats that followed you home, had you only been able to demonstrate the economic boon that would have resulted from the creation of a cottage industry in your bedroom based on woven cat-hair socks and scarves
* the idea of being wee-ed on by a guinea pig grosses you out….but the idea of someone else being wee-ed on by a guinea pig puts you in a smug kind of good humour
The illustrations in this book are really appealing and perfectly complement the humour in the verses. This is definitely one to read to any kid who’s been bugging you to get them a pet.
In other news, did I mention the blog is now followable on Bloglovin’? No? Well it is. As demonstrated by this fancy button:
I wonder what would happen if you clicked it…..
Until next time!