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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt: An Alphabetic Adventure by Lance Olsen is a very educational book for kids and adults. Sharky Marky and his ocean dwelling friends are on an underwater alphabet scavenger hunt. I first want to say that if you read this book on a black and white device it does not do this book justice. Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt is filled with colors that are meant to be seen. In most books, the shark is always the bad guy. This book is different. Sharky Marky is a polite shark who shares his findings with his friends. Olsen has added a lot of fine details to this book, such as definitions at the end of the book for every object that was in the scavenger hunt.
The story is written in a rhyme. Some of the names of the characters were a little difficult for my child to read by herself, but the story does flow nicely once you get past them. My daughter liked all the different ocean characters. She thought the ducks under water were hilarious. Olsen may not have intended it, but the one thing that this book made me think about is how polluted our oceans are and that we should take better care of them. Sharky Marky and the Scavenger Hunt is the second book in this series. The first one is called Sharky Marky and the Big Race. This book is good for kids learning the alphabet and about the different creatures in the ocean.