- Book Style: Toddler and Kids Story book
- Reading Level: 3 (Reading Alone due to: Length of book and some descriptive vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 10-15 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Fun, cartoonish, cute
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Stephanie Marie Roberts
- Author’s Page: Amazon
- Book Purchase Page: Liam Shark Boy for Amazon Kindle $2.89 USD or E-mail here for a Paperback copy
- Social Media Links: Facebook
Liam Shark Boy is a story about a little boy named Liam who absolutely loves sharks. He goes on a fishing trip with his dad and meets a shark named Dearborn who explains to Liam that he is needed for a special mission. Later that night Liam meets Dearborn while sleeping. Dearborn tells Liam that the other sea creatures call him ‘shark boy’, and shark boy has special powers in the ocean. Dearborn also tells Liam that some bad sharks plan on attacking children and all the sea creatures would like Liam to help them in their mission to stop the bad sharks from attacking the children. Liam is excited and goes with the sea creatures on this mission. What Liam doesn’t know is that when he completes this mission and saves the other children, that one of those other children is his brother Joshua.
When reviewing this book, I was concerned about the sheer length of the story. However, as I got into the story, I found that the author had presented the story in beautifully constructed stand alone segments. Those segments make it incredibly easy to read this book with a toddler, as it’s just like a new story (with the same characters) every couple of pages. What’s more, the book appears long (with 48 pages), but the font is large and the illustrations provide interesting pauses for the young reader. What you’re left with is a book that’s really well written for toddlers and children alike.
There are several things to be impressed with in Liam Shark Boy. One of my favorite things about the book was the fact that…it was filled with facts! There are easy 2-3 facts per page that I, as a parent, learned during the story. What’s more, I know my child was learning 5-6 things per page, and enjoying the in-depth knowledge he was gaining about the ocean and sea life in general.
Another thing that I loved about the book was just how specific everything was. For example, it wasn’t just a boat that Liam went on with his father. No, it was a Kingfisher Offshore boat. We weren’t just talking about a Porcupine Puffer Fish (and his family), we were talking about Pufferbee and Pufferbee’s grandfather, Grandpuff. It’s this specificity that really helps with retention in toddlers, and I loved how this story was so intentional in its inclusion of specifics.
The illustrations in Liam Shark Boy are nothing short of wondrous. Our author and our illustrator have paired the story together extremely well with the illustrations, and as a result your little one has some fantastic artwork to look at. The details in each illustration is incredible, and each picture pops off the page. The characters are realistic and yet seem warm and fun. The shading on every page adds a layer we don’t usually see in our reviews, and I think it’s an impressive detail. In the end, the illustrations add a great element to the story.
I think it’s pretty obvious from my review (above) that I really enjoyed Liam Shark Boy. Not only that, but my little boy enjoyed it just as much as I did, and isn’t that what’s important? He loved the magical story, the fact that Liam had super powers, and he loved all of the facts about the oceans and sea life. What’s more, the story has been awarded a 2016 eLit Award in the Children’s Books section, which should tell you all you need to know.
The most amazing thing about the book is that it only costs $2.89 USD. Head on over to Amazon and pick up this great little eBook by Stephanie Marie Roberts.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,