We discovered Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld at the library last year and I recently purchased the book for my youngest child. Actually, we searched for it at the library after hearing a glowing review from a friend’s son. He said it was one of his favorite books in the whole world. My friend tweeted that to the author, Chris Barton, who tweeted back: “And your 7 y.o. is one of my favorite book reviewers in the world. Please tell him I said hi!”
Now that is class! So, of course we had to read this and it is just what any little boy would love. My boys went through a train phase (especially the older one), and are still in a shark phase. And my boys seem to love competitions of all kinds – everything is a race, dinner, getting dressed, getting buckled in the car…. So this book is full of awesome.
The shark and the train go head to head in a bunch of different competitions in a bunch of different venues. Some will be obviously won by one or the other, some can’t be won by either (on one page they lament their lack of thumbs). And in the end…well, I’ll let you find that out for yourself.