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Liam loves all Deep Sea Creatures, but particularly SHARKS. He wishes he could be a shark himself and swim underwater with all his friends. One sunny day, when he goes fishing with his Dad, he meets Dearborn, a Great Whale Shark. To Liam's great surprise his eyes begin to shine with magical beams, which enables him to talk to Dearborn! The Great Whale Shark tells him he is a special Shark Boy and they have been waiting for him to come. Together they embark on a Marvellous Adventure in the Deep Sea, with Goutomi the Japanese Stingray, Maximillian Forbes, the very posh Lion Fish and Pufferbee the Prickle Pufferfish!
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Stephanie Marie Roberts is an Australian novelist and childrens writer. Stephanie studied at Curtin Business School and opened her first salon business in 1980, going on to establish her own Government Accredited (VETAB) Colleges in Canberra and Sydney over 15 years. Roberts' children's illustrated book 'Liam Shark Boy' recently won a SILVER medal award in the prestigious eLit Awards. She is married to retired secret service agent Chris, has two sons, 5 grandsons and a 13-year-old pampered Cocker Spaniel, Harvey.Review:
Liam Shark Boy is a magical story for kids and toddlers about a young boy named Liam. Liam loves sharks so much that when he goes on a fishing trip with his dad, he meets one. That shark, named Dearborn, has a special mission for him. From that point on, Liam is named Shark Boy and learns that he has special powers. Being the good kid he is, Liam uses those special powers to help all kinds of sea life. In the end, Liam has to save a young boy being attacked by some very bad sharks. We quickly learn that the boy Liam saves is his older brother Joshua, and the two go on being the best of brothers. Now, this isn t your everyday e-book. This is a true multi-part story book, and each part of the book has its own beginning, middle and end. Each part develops a character, as well as the overall story, and each part can be read as its own separately. What this means for you as a parent is that you can break up the story into multiple readings. If you do this, your child will ask to keep reading Liam Shark Boy. At least, that is what happened to me! Dearborn and Liam...fast friends! The reason my little guy kept asking for the story was simple: the characters were fun, and the story is great. Liam is an extraordinary character simply because he is a young boy in a typical family, but with special powers. What kid does not want super powers? The main character lets your little one imagine themselves as a super hero. Now, imagination is not the only benefit here. There are an incredible number of facts in this book. The story is laced with tons of information about the oceans, sea life, and other sea-related things. Not only that, but it is done in an effortless way by our author (Stephanie Marie Roberts). She manages to integrate the facts within the story by having the characters share them (usually about other characters). I absolutely love this way of teaching kids, as it does not shove the information in their face. It simply presents it and does so in a moment when they are completely engaged in the story. Stephanie (our author) has designed this book differently than most. She has not completely covered every page with illustrations. Instead, there are 1-2 smaller illustrations on each page. The illustrations are integrated into the story, and I found myself really enjoying the style within the e-book format. It allowed my little guy to look at a couple of pictures while I read, and it also allowed me to read more than just a few sentences per page. This really worked with the longer length of the book. The illustrations themselves are nothing short of impressive, as they are colourful and incredibly sharp. The characters have fantastic expressions, and they appear incredibly lifelike (I just do not get how artists do this stuff). All in all they are vivid illustrations, and each one adds to the overall style of the book. In the end, this is nothing short of an incredible story book for kids. It is a great source of knowledge about the oceans and sea life, and the illustrations are impressive. The story itself brings out the imagination in kids. The story has been awarded a 2016 eLit Award in the Children's Book section (which should tell you all you need to know). --Brian Read of Kids Chanel
It is wonderful to have a copy of your book, it has a very interesting story-line and the book is just amazing. I love the picture on the cover as it is so eye-catching. If you put an image on your door, people would stare at it and be like that looks interesting I will buy it. It is good because it's not too long and not too short - because if you like long books you can still buy it - because in a way it is also long as well as short. It has some of the best pictures I have seen in a long time. I just love reading anyway, and read it 3 times. it is one of my all-time favourite books especially as my middle name is Liam and I have a personal interest in SHARKS. I love it - I can't wait to read the next book about Liam's adventures in the Deep Sea.~Daniel Dempsey (Aged 9) --Daniel Dempsey ` Aged 9-years-old
Liam Shark Boy is such an exhilarating, appealing and stimulating story! The reader wants to dive into the book as soon as they spot the exciting energy displayed on the cover. They cannot help but be immersed in the story which is full of amazing pictures and an absorbing, funny and engaging narrative. The fantasy is wonderfully depicted in the story and is made really special when based around the author's grandson Liam, who LOVES SHARKS! In addition, this book is quite educational in a light and fun way as it presents within the story line, many explanations and descriptions about sea creatures and the deep sea. It would make a great starter for a project on the ocean and its inhabitants! I loved this book and would recommend it highly. --Alaine Kavenagh ~ Teacher/Librarian
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