Baby Shark! (Stevie Lewis)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Baby Shark!, illustrated by Stevie Lewis, a fun board book version of the viral mega-hit song.

At the aquarium, a mother and child enter an underwater viewing area – will they see a shark? Of course! In fact, they see a baby shark (doo doo do do do do). Naturally, the baby shark is then followed by Mama Shark, Daddy Shark, and so on, with another child joining in the fun each verse while displaying static versions of the well-known “Baby Shark” dance. When the hungry sharks look sufficiently menacing, the kids run back to their caregivers, all “safe at last”, then wave a friendly goodbye to the smiling sharks.

At this point, is any parent of a child under the age of ten NOT aware of this song? The viral ditty and accompanying video by Pinkfong was a smash hit, and while the modern nursery rhyme has certainly worn out its welcome to many adults, kids love its harmless lyrics and catchy beat. Devotees of the original may be slightly confused by design differences in the sharks (multicolored in the original video, they are all shades of purple and blue here) and a few changes in the lyrics to better suit the narrative, but this take will still please and makes for some cheerful sing-a-long fun for young readers. The illustrations do a good job of working in an inclusive cast of children as well, and the length is perfect for a quick read. JJ, like most preschoolers, is obsessed with Baby Shark, and I honestly had fun reading/singing this version with her (though not on repeat). Simple, cute, and fun, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)