Kid Review – I Am the Shark – Nonfiction Picture Book


I Am the Shark

Written by Joan Holub

Illustrated by Laurie Keller

Ages 4-8 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

ISBN-13: 978-0525645283

Publisher’s Synopsis: Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you’ll read all about ME–the greatest shark in the sea!

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest.

Did someone say fast? I’m Mako Shark, and I’m the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

Wow, I’m Hammerhead Shark. You don’t need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now!

New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story that encourages self-acceptance and self-esteem, and is filled with humor and the greatest shark facts in the ocean!



Holub, Joan. I Am the Shark. Illustrated by Laurie Keller. New York: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2021.

Joan Holub shows she understands young elementary students by choosing a topic that interests the age group. When I was a librarian, I could never keep the shark books on the shelves. Holub has written a story in I Am the Shark that tells readers many facts about sharks. The author uses humor in the text which will keep the interest of young readers. I really appreciate that she includes a fact section and additional resources for readers to check out, increasing its usefulness as a reference book.

Laurie Keller chose a cartoon-like style to create the illustrations for I Am the Shark. I think that students will enjoy the pictures, which complement the story well. 

I Am the Shark would make a great addition to any school library. Young elementary students will enjoy this nonfiction picture book. There is nothing in the book to prevent it from being included in a Christian school library collection. I Am the Shark has the qualifications to be included in a Mock Caldecott unit.This review was prepared in partnership with The Children’s Book Review


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Enter for a chance to win an I Am the Shark prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of I Am the Shark, autographed by Joan Holub
  • A child-size shark print art/cooking apron
  • A $50 Target gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of I Am the Shark, autographed by Joan Holub

The giveaway begins March 26, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 26, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


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