The Shark in the Pool is the second in the series of books about the adventures, misadventures and crazy day-to-day goings-on in Miss. Riley’s year two class at Wigglesbottom Primary School.
Could the children at Wigglesbottom Primary be in trouble? Joel is sure that he has been the victim of a shark attack at the swimming pool. Are dangers lurking in the deep? The children are digging up more than just vegetables in the school garden. Have they really just discovered dinosaur bones? And where is Jayden, did the PE parachute really make him disappear? The children are terrified but can the teachers uncover the truth and put worried little minds at ease…
Pamela Butchart has once again nailed the life and crazy imaginations of children in their early years of primary school. Ridiculously silly and bursting with exaggeration, the storytelling is an absolute joy and wonderfully reflects the brilliant theories and ideas that young minds can whip up from the most ordinary of everyday situations. Immensely enjoyable, fizzing with fun, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud moments galore. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT. Wigglesbottom Primary is an absolute blast!
Perfectly pitched for a key stage one audience and with a consistent model, these reads are ideal for newly independent readers who are moving on to longer books. Children are quickly pulled into the action with an exciting or, more often, strange event and then things go off in all manner of crazy and wonderful directions as imaginations take over. By the end, all has been resolved, sensible explanations have been given and Miss. Riley’s class is back to some kind of normal, until next time.
The three short stories, at approximately thirty pages each, are guaranteed to keep young readers engaged and the lively illustrations, in shades of blue, bring the school shenanigans to life. Crammed full of fun, silliness and awesome kids these are the kind of stories that ensure that children are reading for pleasure and will well and truly get kids ‘hooked on books’.
Recommended for 6+.