[OZTL_NET] REVIEW: Clark the Shark Loves Christmas

Barbara Braxton barbara.288 at bigpond.com
Sun Dec 4 07:31:50 AEDT 2016

Clark the Shark Loves Christmas

Bruce Hale

Guy Francis

Harper, 2016

32pp., hbk., RRP $A34.99


At Theodore Roosterfish Elementary School,  Clark the Shark loves everything
about Christmas - the decorations, the cookies and the carols.  But when
Miss Inkydink announces that this year there will be a Secret Santa and he
gets to pick a name from the hat so everyone eventually gets a present he is
even more excited.  Clark thinks the best thing about Christmas is getting

But Clark doesn't like secrets and so he spends his time trying to discover
who has picked his name, totally forgetting that he is supposed to buy a
present for his friend.  So when there is just one day left and he has spent
all his money, he has to part with his favourite comic book even though he
doesn't even know if Benny likes comics.  Everyone else seems to have put a
lot of thought into what they have given...

This is an exuberant tale that will resonate with those who have been around
littlies who are so excited about the getting and still have to learn about
the giving.  The illustrations with their colour, movement and detail help
build the feeling of excitement and because it has a happy ending there's
room for a chat about what Christmas should really be about.  

This is the fifth in the series about Clark and will appeal to young
children who enjoy something a little different from the usual Christmas


Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 

Dromkeen Librarian's Award 2003



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