Red Early Reader: The Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy Review

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Reviewed by Samantha Woodcock

On opening the package, we immediately recognised the familiar design of the Early Reader story book range. Our children have read a number of these books and we were looking forward to enjoying this new release.

Emblazoned with a red band and Early Reader writing along the top and spine, the book clearly identifies itself as what it is and what age group it is intended for. The book is of a nice size and thickness, ideal for small children.

Having two boys, the title of the book immediately sparked their interest. The illustration which adorns the front cover initially doesn’t seem in keeping with the title, but once you start reading it soon becomes clear.

The main character of the book is a boy called Norvin. He is described as a plain boy with sharkish features. The book initially describes how Norvin has developed talents for acting and swimming. The story goes on to explain how he uses all these tools to deceive the bathers of Caramel Cove, so he can selfishly have the bay to himself.

Unfortunately, Norvin became greedy, wanting the bay all to himself, all of the time. You will have to read the book to see what happens to Norvin and the lesson he eventually learns.

The narrative is very descriptive and the book is full of bright and lively illustrations, which almost seem to animate the story as you read.

We read this book together and all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rating: 4/5

RRP: £4.99 (paperback)

Available to buy from Amazon here.

4 Star

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