Title: How to Make a Shark Smile
Author: Shawn Achor and Amy Blankson
Illustrator: Claudia Ranucci
Everyone in the aquarium is feeling down. The eels have no zing, the neon fishes don’t glow and the seahorses aren’t “horsing around”. They are all too afraid of a mean shark named Snark. But when a dolphin called Ripple arrives, she has a sure-fire plan to get everyone smiling. Can Ripple even get Snark to smile too?
My daughter is obsessed with fish and loves visiting aquariums and she had the biggest smile on her face pointing out all the aquatic life in Claudia’s colourful illustrations. Shawn and Amy have created a wonderful array of characters including Bob the blowfish.
And then of course, there is Snark the shark. We all know someone who can be a bit of a happiness-shark at times and I loved Ripple’s no-nonsense approach.
My favourite spread has everyone smiling – happiness really is infectious!
This bubbly story has a message for all of us, that choosing happiness is a mindset which has a ripple effect on the people around us. There is something endearing about Ripple and I loved the happiness mindset guide at the back of the book – Can you make a shark smile today?
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Publication date: 1 March 2020
I am very grateful to the publisher for letting me read this book via Net Galley. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.