Owl has a balloon. Monkey does not. What will happen next? Hint: this is not a book about sharing.
There must be some misunderwaterstanding.
Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, side-splittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and I take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character.
The filming of an underwater TV show goes awry when the crew gets interrupted by a... SHARRRK! Poor Shark, he wasn't trying to scare them, he's just misunderstood! Then he's accused of trying to eat a fish. Will Shark ever catch a break? After all, he wasn't going to eat the fish, he was just showing it his new tooth! Or was he? Explosively funny, clever, and even full of fun shark facts, this surprisingly endearing story gets to the heart of what it feels like to be misunderstood by the people around you. With a surprise twist ending, our Misunderstood Shark will have kids rolling with laughter!
I had so much fun illustrating Shark and his crew—I know that your young readers will eat it up.
- Read our very cool cover reveal and an author/illustrator interview with Mr. Schu!
- More to come, watch this space!
Behind the Scenes
Here are some development sketches I created while working on Misunderstood Shark. Click on the thumbnails to expand and read more about each.
Sketch Time Lapse
The drawing was ultimately not used in the book but its fun to see how a concept for a spread can change over time.