Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark: 05/20/09
From our most recent Scholastic book purchase, The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and illustrated by Julia Gorton is our favorite. The book is a cute spoof on the traditional three little pigs story with the pigs replaced by fish and the wolf by a shark.
As the kids are also fans of The Storybook Factory which also retells the story with some singing, we sing certain parts of the book to the same music as the LeapFrog video. Sean and Harriet enjoy singing the book so much that they actually do it as a duet now. It's really cute to listen to. If I had a video camera, I'd share them singing it. Instead, I'll share this YouTube video of a boy named Harrison reading the book (see below).
The illustrations for the book are bright and cheery. The shark, while all teeth, isn't a very scary looking shark. Sometimes we stop our singing long enough to admire the details on each page.
The only problem with the book is the lettering. I'm not sure if it's a funky font or hand drawn but the sentences with their randomly changing word size tend to run together. There are a few places where despite having read the book now about fifty times I still get hung up.
books | childrens | Ken Geist | 2007