cover image The Great White Man-Eating Shark

The Great White Man-Eating Shark

Margaret Mahy. Dial Books, $13.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-0749-8

Although very different from her acclaimed 17 Kings and 42 Elephants , Mahy's newest book is sure to be a winner. The star is a crafty boy named Norvin, whose acting aspirations are thwarted by the fact that ``he looked very like a shark.'' So Norvin takes to the water instead, but gets cross when the other swimmers at Caramel Cove get in his way. The resourceful lad makes a plastic dorsal fin and straps it to his back. He then proceeds to terrify the other swimmers, who cower on the sand and refuse to go back in the water for days. Now Norvin has the cove to himself--until an amorous female shark appears, and Norvin discovers--to his horror--that his disguise fools even her. Mahy's amusing tongue-in-cheek tale meets its match in Allen's droll drawings. Norvin's wonderfully shifty eyes and the vivid expressions on the faces of his victims are certain to tickle funnybones. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)