- Picture books
New York, NY : :
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
- Main Author
How could a pet that is part shark, part friendly and slobbery dog be problematic, you ask? Readers who watch it "fetch" a whole tree in Adamson's bright, watercolor scenes, or spot a triangular fin cutting through water on a trip to a crowded beach (and through tall grass toward an unwary cat) may have an idea. Not that the red-haired child or her explorer dad, who have brought the creature back from an expedition to exotic climes, are particularly worried. What does have them fussed is their pet's sudden decline—could it be time to take the toothy tail-wagger back to its accustomed watery habitat? Young readers will be easily won over by the plump, eager, stubby-limbed pup—and as delighted as the young narrator to see it leaping back aboard with its new friends after a joyful reunion with its amphibious pack mates. "I think Shark Dog made his mind up," says Dad. "It looks like you're his home now." Bad news for the neighborhood cats. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Adamson's narrator, a redheaded girl with a "famous explorer" for a father, discovers the species described in the title when he stows away on their boat—he has a shark's bullet-shaped head, a terrier's body, and big googly eyes. Shark Dog proves to be as disruptive a pet as he is loyal: he fetches an entire tree instead of the usual stick ("at the park, we didn't stay long") and stalks a cat through tall grass like the great white in Jaws. But when Shark Dog starts yearning for his own kind (an inflatable shark toy reminds him of his friends back home) the girl realizes that her pet might need to return to his former home. What follows, and the happy ending that ties it all up, suggests that Adamson (Douglas, You Need Glasses!) is more interested in chronicling the idiosyncratic slapstick of his hybrid hero (in a series of vignettes that goes on for a bit too long) than in exploring the bittersweet selflessness of recognizing that a wild animal belongs in the wild. Ages 4–8. Agent: Isabel Atherton, Creative Authors. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—Traveling with his explorer dad, a boy discovers a strange creature who is half dog, half shark. Aptly named "Shark Dog," the animal swims underwater just like a typical shark but reverts to his canine instincts when he fetches slippers. Sometimes, Shark Dog's inclinations get him into big trouble, such as the time he grabs a tree trunk when all the other dogs are retrieving sticks. When Shark Dog starts missing others of his kind, he is brought back to Shark Dog Island only to prove that he is still not ready to leave his human buddy for good. The absurd notion of a semi-canine, semi-aquatic pet, complete with long, slobbery tongue and pointy, daggerlike teeth, will delight young readers who love land and sea creatures. Adamson's cheerful, full-color cartoon illustrations expertly depict the contrast, up to the final page, where Shark Dog's friends (fins extended) follow him home with his human companions. Fans of Eric Carle's The Mixed-Up Chameleon will enjoy this rollicking, goofy, wholly unconventional picture book. Young listeners may even pick up on the underlying message about fitting in. The story would also support a comparative unit on the differences between land mammals and ocean creatures. VERDICT A hilarious selection that's sure to please a picture book crowd, particularly one composed of children fascinated by dogs, sharks, or both.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
An unusual half-dog, half-shark pet who behaves in ways that are characteristic of both animals begins suffering pangs of homesickness and wonders if he should return to Shark Dog Island or stay in his new home with his human friend. 40,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 2
It's a shark! No wait, it's a dog! It's Shark Dog!From author-illustrator Ged Adamson comes the funny and sweet story of Shark Dog: half shark, half dog, and a one-of-a-kind pet.Shark Dog is no ordinary pet. Sometimes when he does dog things, he's more like a shark. And sometimes when he does shark things, he's more like a dog. But when Shark Dog gets homesick, he starts thinking maybe he belongs with the other shark dogs. Will he go back to Shark Dog Island or decided to stay in his new home? With quirky and colorful art, Shark Dog! is perfect for fans of such funny books as Hello, My Name Is Octicorn and The Adventures of Beekle.Review by Publisher Summary 3
It's a shark! No wait, it's a dog! It's Shark Dog!From author-illustrator Ged Adamson comes the funny and sweet story of Shark Dog: half shark, half dog, and a one-of-a-kind pet.Shark Dog is no ordinary pet. Sometimes when he does dog things, he's more like a shark. And sometimes when he does shark things, he's more like a dog. But when Shark Dog gets homesick, he starts thinking maybe he belongs with the other shark dogs. Will he go back to Shark Dog Island or decided to stay in his new home? With quirky and colorful art, Shark Dog! is perfect for fans of such funny books as Hello, My Name Is Octicorn and The Adventures of Beekle.