Sharky Marky and the Big Race


Children - Educational
28 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2015
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Author Biography

Lance Olsen is the author of the Sharky Marky and The Big Race(2014), Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt: An Alphabetic Adventure(2015), and Sharky Marky and the Supermarket Dash(2016 release date).

Early in his career Lance found himself in Hollywood where he would go on to executive produce two feature films: King Cobra (1999) and Pinata Survival Island(2002). After his brief stint in LA, he decided to move back to New Orleans and pursue a career in the arts.

Lance resumed a writing career while at the same time taking classes in video-editing and graphic design. It was there that he befriended his teacher and the eventual illustrator of the Sharky Marky Book Series, Thomas Perry.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Sharky Marky and the Big Race by Lance Olsen is a really cute children's picture book that pits Sharky Marky in a race against his friends and other animals in the water kingdom. The reader has to help Sharky Marky count down to give him enough speed to race around competitors like Octo Eddy, Meanie Marlin, and Peter Puffer. With vibrant colors, beautiful illustrations, and cute, rhythmic rhyme, Sharky Marky is sure to become a family favorite to be read over and over!

I appreciated the opening pages that showed illustrations of all of the characters within the story. I can definitely see these characters spinning off into a series or each having their own adventures. I loved the creativity of the story and how it included both colors (in the stoplights) and numbers (in the race car drivers' positions) within the story. It also encouraged readers to read aloud and "help" Sharky within the story. Kids enjoy stories where they can participate and where that participation supposedly helps the characters, so I thought that part of the story was genius.

The illustrations are also beautiful and very vibrant, and really bring the reader into the underwater racing adventure. I think children will love it and I recommend it for any young person looking for a fun, adventurous, exciting, crowd participating book they can get behind and enjoy. Prepare to read this story multiple times!

Margo Stone

I purchased Sharky Marky first book and second book and my children love it very much. the big surprise was getting the stuffed animal of Sharky Marky and the car. The story is very enjoyable, and the colors are wonderful. We enjoy Sharky Marky's adventures.

Madelyn Branch

Someone gave this to my daughter for a birthday present and it's absolutely her favorite book. Sharky Markey is a big hit at our home. She is 6 and reads it very well. We are fans.

Paula Ramariz

My 6 year old son, Peter loves this book. As a teacher I am proud to say he is a book lover. These characters are each endearing to a wide range of ages.
Thanks for authoring such a great read and entertainment for our children.

Mike Wootang

Great book. My kids and I went the website and saw the stuffed animals which they suckered me into ordering. The kids can't wait to get them in