Shawn Loves Sharks

Illustrated by Tracy Subisak.

Shawn loves sharks.

He loves their dark, blank eyes.
He loves their big mouths full of sharp teeth.
And he loves pretending to be a shark and chasing Stacy around the playground.

Shawn loves sharks more than anything else in the world. But Predator Day at school is on Monday and Great White Shark isn’t assigned to Shawn.

It’s assigned to… Stacy.

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star “Manley’s spare text is an excellent conductor for the dynamic energy built in Subisak’s clean, open spreads as Shawn’s passion for sharks spills onto the page. … Fun, quirky obsessions nurtured and celebrated.” Kirkus (starred review)

“This is a wonderful story with illustrations that reflect great emotion and jump off the page. The diverse characters are true to life…. A good addition to any picture book collection, and a great choice for libraries with shark-loving patrons or one-track-minded students who need a little nudging to open up a bit.” School Library Journal

“In their sweetly relatable Shawn Loves Sharks, Curtis Manley and Tracy Subisak use a ferocious medium to gently explore childhood obsessions and bullying. Subisak’s appealing and dynamic artwork, in particular the expressive faces of the characters, pops on a clean white background, perfectly suited—visually and plot-wise—to Manley’s economical and funny text. Readers will chomp-chomp this one up.” Shelf Awareness


  • A Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2017


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