The Great White Man-Eating Shark: a Cautionary Tale by Margaret Mahy, illus. Jonathan Allen. Hachette NZ
Apparently Hachette NZ have obtained the reprint rights to some of Margaret Mahy’s classic picture books. They’ve already produced A Lion in the Meadow and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. These stories scarcely need describing to most teachers, librarians, and parents. But there are always tatty old copies lying round that can be replaced with a bright new reprint; and there are always more pre-schoolers coming along who haven’t yet had the stories read aloud to them. These new generations will love Norvin’s forays as a fearsome shark, as well as Jonathan Allen’s sneaky-eyed pointy-toothed portrayal of Norvin as he terrorises the beach.
Recommended for every age from three upwards.
ISBN 978 1 86971 361 4 RRP $19.99 (not released till 29/8/17) Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman