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Shark vs. Train (2010)

by Chris Barton

Other authors: Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

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A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

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Winning and losing
  kmgerbig | Apr 28, 2023 |
Truly a masterpiece in dichotomy studies, this enthralling look into the ever-present and harrowing battle between iron-clad trains and bloodthirsty sharks sheds new light on an oft-overlooked but vital struggle. The twist ending doesn't disappoint. Anyone who's serious about conflict studies should give this tome some serious thought. ( )
  MaryJeanPhillips | Jun 22, 2022 |
This book contains many word bubbles to show which character is speaking and different ending marks to show their tone of voice. The author uses onomatopoeia to give sound to the story. To help students become authors/illustrators, I like how the story ends with the young boys playing with their toy train and toy shark. That is a great idea to put a story together! It's just a story about two friend's playtime. ( )
  dbourgeois | Oct 3, 2019 |
It is comparing what would win in a fight a shark or a train and it does it in a very engaging and playful way.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
From the beginning of this story, I thought it was going to be about the Shark and Train physically fighting. Yet, they found ways to participate in competitions to out do each other. This makes since because children are the ones playing make believe with them. Towards the end they find common activities that they are unable to do together and I liked that., even thought the competition and trash talking begins again soon after. I thought this would be a good read for kids because it can show them that even through you may be better at something than someone, they may have just as many talents as you in other areas. Don't under estimate people. ( )
  KrystalKeroack | Mar 18, 2018 |
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"Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners." -- Kirkus, starred review
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To Erin, for helping me gather steam -- and for letting me know when I'm all wet. --C.B.
As always, with love and appreciation to Jan. --T.L.
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A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

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It is literately what the title says. As each character tries to play upon their strengths, they find there is no clear winner until the end when they are put back in the toy box, and they are right back where they started.
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