I adored the Surviving the Wild first two books about a koala and elephant. And Surviving the Wild: Sunny the Shark is another cute story of Surviving the Wild series. This time we explore how one shark makes friends, learns about humans and their trash. And while Sunny is getting in and out of trouble, we learn about the type of shark Sunny is, the fish that are helpful to them, and yes, our human trash and the problems it causes.
The pacing of this Remy Lai gem was a bit slower than the others, but overall, this series is perfect for learning about animals and the dangers they face in a safe, age-appropriate manner. These books are based on true events, though the Lai does give them a bit of a twist or turn to help make them work for how they need the story to work, such as the real shark Sunny is based on was a shark that is a solo act, and Sunny, a whitetip shark, has a particular set of fish that follows her around to do things like brush her teeth, take off parasites from her skin, and get protection and crumbs of food in return (an they give friendship to Sunny, too).
While we learn about subjects like sharks, ocean, climate change (or the koala or elephants in the other books) we are being entertained by the sweet, funny and while in a cartoon format, realistic imagery. Text and art are simple, but not simplistic and are a perfectly connected match. Great for the early readers to solid solo readers, this can be an all ages book as it is a graphic novel that can be read aloud.