Clark the Shark and the Big Book Report

illus. by Guy Francis. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062279132; pap. $3.99. ISBN 9780062279125.
PreS-Gr 1—Clark attends school with his aquatic classmates and teacher. He is excited to present an oral report about the book The Frog Prince, practices the presentation in front of his family, and perfects his poster with his mother's help. Clark even finds the perfect riddle for an opener, but the success of the delivery causes him to have a "brain freeze" and forget the meat of his presentation. His teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, prompts him with her mantra, "Be bold, be smart, and speak from the heart!" This advice helps Clark to relax and complete his presentation. Neither the age nor the grade of the class is mentioned, making this book suitable for younger, emerging readers as well as older readers who are working hard to build fluency. Cheerful, expressive illustrations provide contextual clues as they depict a classroom of friendly, supportive students.
VERDICT A winning addition to the series and beginning reader collections.

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