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Land Shark by Beth Ferry

Land Shark

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him… a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don’t want turns out to be exactly what you need.

Land Shark is a large-sized hardcover book featuring a dust cover and colourful illustrations on glossy pages inside.  The aesthetics of this children’s book are certainly pleasing, but more importantly, the story is captivating for both little listeners and their story tellers!  It is funny and gently teaches an important lesson that won’t get lost on little ears.

This title reminds me of a lot of my own childhood, except instead of a Shark, I really did actually want a puppy.  I got a stuffed one instead, which I still have and love.   I have a feeling many parents will read this book with their children and think back to their own childhoods and the pet they wanted and never got.

No spoilers here, but you are sure to get a chuckle out of the ending.

This is a great choice for a bedtime story for kids aged 3-5 years old (and for parents too!)


Ben Mantle studied animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design before working as an animator and illustrator. He lives in Brighton, England.

Beth Ferry is the author of two books for children. She lives with her husband and three children by the beach in New Jersey.



Victoria Ess

Sunday 13th of March 2016

Sounds cute!!

Victoria Ess

Saturday 12th of March 2016

This book looks so cute!

kathy downey

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Sounds like a book my children will enjoy,i love the cover

Anjanette @MommaYoung

Saturday 25th of July 2015

So cute! Hopefully my library will have this one soon!


Thursday 23rd of July 2015

I love books with beautiful illustrations. The cover is so nice!