Greetings, Sharkling! (How to Be an Earthling)

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An alien named Spork has come to Earth to learn about our world, so what better place is there to go than the local school? As a member of the class, Spork joins Newton, Jack, Grace, and other students on a field trip to the aquarium! But Spork has a lot to learn, not only about Earth, but about Earthlings, and when a lie gets out of hand, Spork finds himself face to face with a ferocious shark!

Greetings, Sharkling! is a pretty ambitious book for young readers. In 60 pages, it tackles the importance of honesty, the funny (and not-so-funny) consequences of cultural gaps and misunderstandings, the scourge of bullying, and the curiosities of language, metaphor, and idioms. That’s quite a laundry list.

And the book manages to cover all of that without ever feeling preachy or unnatural. This is a book where readers, kids, and aliens learn together, experiencing how words and choices affect all of us. It’s simple, elegant, and very insightful storytelling. Greetings, Sharkling! doesn’t waste a single page of opportunity.

It helps that Spork is both intentionally and unintentionally hilarious, though.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 64 pages
Publisher Kane Press
Publish Date 01-Jan-2016
ISBN 9781575658223 Buy this Book
Issue April 2016
Category Early Reader


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