Bruce Hale has written and/or illustrated over thirty-five books for kids, and is the author of Clark the Shark; Clark the Shark Dares to Share; the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries series; Snoring Beauty, one of Oprah's Recommended Reads for Kids; and the School for S.P.I.E.S. series. In his free time, Bruce enjoys hiking, watching movies, and making music. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, dog, and many hats. You can catch him online at www.brucehale.com. Guy Francis spends most of his time drawing, painting, and drawing some more. He has done a variety of illustration work in the children's market, including editorial and educational illustration, chapter books, and picture books. He freelances from his home in Provo, Utah, where his wife and four children are his own personal art critics and bring a healthy bit of chaos to the studio. Every now and then he gets out of the house and heads to the mountains with his family. You can visit him online at www.guyfrancis.com.Readers will smile as Clark learns the true meaning of Christmas.
"Clark loves everything about his life at Theodore Roosterfish Elementary, but his supersize enthusiasm is hard for the other fish to handle... The full-color artwork in a cartoon style is pleasant and fun." -- School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Clark loves everything about his life at Theodore Roosterfish Elementary, but his supersize enthusiasm is hard for the other fish to handle. Besides being the biggest and strongest, he is also too loud during reading time, too hungry during lunch, and too rough during recess. Even his best friend, Joey Mackerel, says, "Cool your jets, Clark! You're making me crazy!" When no one wants to sit with him, eat with him, or play with him, he goes to his teacher for help. Mrs. Inkydink reminds him that the rule is to stay cool, which rhymes. By turning rules into rhymes, Clark tones down his behavior just in time to help Sid the Squid, an oversize new student with some of the same problems. This undersea school in the hulk of a sunken ship features an assortment of sea creatures learning important lessons from their octopus teacher. Clark is never a bully, just a big kid with boisterous behavior issues, which is an important distinction in these bully-conscious times. The full-color artwork in a cartoon style is pleasant and fun.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.