The Shark in the Dark

The Shark in the Dark


By (author) Peter Bently, Illustrated by Ben Cort

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  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 212mm x 264mm x 6mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0230707351
  • ISBN 13: 9780230707351
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated edition
  • Illustrations note: 32 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 27,691

Product description

Will the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a lesson he'll never forget? With atmospheric underwater scenes and a terrifically toothy villain, this captivating rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud. Tremendously funny with a biting twist!

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Author information

Peter Bently studied languages at Oxford. He lives in the writer-filled town of Totnes with his wife and a perfect ready-made audience of two young children. He enjoys visiting schools and sharing his writing. Inspired by living close to the sea, THE SHARK IN THE DARK is Peter's first picture book for Macmillan. Ben Cort studied illustration at Harrow College. His first picture book for Macmillan, COLOUR ME HAPPY (978-1-4050-0909-6) was published in 2007, and his work for Campbell Books, including MUDDLE JUNGLE, has enjoyed great success.

Editorial reviews

The smaller sea creatures live in fear of the hungry shark..until they come up with a plan. In bouncy verse, Bently describes the ongoing pursuit of the turtles, shellfish, flounders et al., by the sharp-toothed predator: "All of the fishes were flustered and bumbling - / 'Here comes the Shark and his tummy is rumbling!' " Racing away, the fish find a shrewd squid hiding in the wreckage of a sunken ship and explain their predicament. Squid has an idea...Cut to the shark, who spies a small, appetizing fish in the distance. The closer the shark gets, though, the larger the fish seems. It's a ...WHALE! - and many times larger than the shark, who swims away for his life. The final two-page spread shows the story's surprise twist (imagine Swimmy) and shares its tidy lesson: "when we all got together, / We taught him a thing he'll remember forever." Bently's appealing text stumbles in its scansion more than once and gets little help from Cort's pedestrian, seemingly movie-inspired illustrations. Forgettable, despite its child-magnet subject. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)