The Resource Shark detective!, by Jessica Olien

Shark detective!, by Jessica Olien

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Shark detective!
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Shark detective!
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by Jessica Olien
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eng
Summary
This sweet and funny story about an unexpected friendship will delight creatures of all ages. During the day, Shark lived a lonely life in the big city . . . but at night, he dreamed of being a detective. When a kitty goes missing, could it be time for Shark's dreams to finally come true?
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  • Preschool-Grade 1 Poor Shark is feeling mighty lonely until he comes across a missing kitty flier one afternoon. Finally, his solitary nights of watching detective shows are about to pay off. He will become—cue the sunburst backdrop—Shark Detective! He even has the Sherlock hat and magnifying glass for the job. To prepare, he tries to think like a kitty; he researches at the library; he does rooftop tai chi. Let the investigation begin! Unfortunately, people scream or hide every time he tries asking questions about the missing cat. Sure, he is a shark, but can’t they tell he is a vegetarian? On the brink of giving up, Shark gets an idea that helps him crack the case and make a friend. Olien’s detective spoof is comic in both look and tone. Drawn in a loose, comic-book style where saturated colors prevail, the cartoonish characters speak in speech bubbles and wander the streets and shadowy alleyways. With laughs lurking around every corner, readers will embrace the silliness of this unlikely sleuth. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 09-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 2, p69)
  • K-Gr 2 — Poor Shark. High above the city, he sits in his hotel room, watching detective shows on TV, munching potato chips, and dreaming of a life as a real detective. In the cold reality of early morning he is "just a lonely shark in the city." A missing pet poster nudges him to grab for his fantasy, and Shark thoughtfully begins a quest to find the missing kitty of the poster, a search that begins with research in the library and developing inner strength through Tai Chi. Interviewing witnesses is difficult when the detective presents his formidable teeth, but luck is with him as a chance sighting of the missing kitty not only solves the case but promises a future career for Detective Shark. Full-page color graphic art illustrations fast-forward the action. Shark's black-and-white dream sequence gives a nod to film noir-inspired city streets and private eyes, and he hits the pavement dressed in imitation of his favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. VERDICT Nothing slows the determination of chip-munching Shark in this lively romp through the mean streets. He's one cool sleuth.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX --Mary Elam (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 6, p89)
  • Cartoonist/journalist Olien debuts with the story of a lonely, city-dwelling shark hero who is desperate to live out his Sherlock Holmes fantasies. A “Missing Kitty” poster provides the magic opportunity, and while he has little luck interviewing potential witnesses (they tend to run away, screaming “Don’t eat me!”), he eventually finds the cat—as well as the cat’s missing mousey toy, a loving new home, and a sleuthing partner. Olien’s narration is oddly flat and literal given the story’s atmospheric potential, and the ending feels rushed and overstuffed with incident. But she has a fine sense of the visual tropes of procedurals, film noirs, and psychological thrillers, and her compositional repertoire shows plenty of promise for stories to come. And snaggletooth, google-eyed Shark is an endearing goofball worth rooting for—readers first see him in his hotel room, wearing a nightcap on his head and bunny slippers on his fins, and scarfing down potato chips—and Olien’s equally quirky premise delivers a steady stream of laughs. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 22, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 25, p)
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10438291
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Olien, Jessica
Dewey number
813.6
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 0
  • 2
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True
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  • Friendship
  • Sharks
  • Cats
  • Lost and found possessions
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Shark detective!, by Jessica Olien
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volume
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rdacarrier.
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Dimensions
22 x 29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062357144
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(hbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062357144
Label
Shark detective!, by Jessica Olien
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 x 29 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062357144
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062357144

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