Amy Dyckman is at it again. She just cannot help herself! Her books are as fun and quirky as her green hair. (And as I might have mentioned in my review of Read the Book, Lemmings she is a very nice person, too). The story of Misunderstood Shark is a shark just wants to show “the people out there” what kind of shark he really is. After all, everyone always seems to misunderstand him. He does not want to eat the fish, but to show his new tooth. He wants to give a boo-boo strip to the human who has a cut, not eat him and so forth. Throughout the book, as this is a newscast about the ocean, the announcer and his crew sprinkle facts about sharks within the text such as how many teeth a shark grows, how far they can smell blood and so forth. And finally, the shark just cannot help himself and we learn that sharks are misunderstood, until they are not!
The humor comes in with little adult jokes and the shark not acting like a shark, until he does act like a shark. The basic illustrations of Scott Magoon also are humorous as their non-realistic natures make the shark just a little less scary. Perhaps the most unique illustration is where he shows the blood the shark is smelling. It has an almost abstract artistic feel and not the item that will start a frenzy!
Once you get going you might start to think that sharks are not that scary and they are cool animals to learn about. In fact, the most interesting fact I learned was that you are more likely to be bitten by another person than a shark (then again, I do hang out with more people than sharks….)