Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 20, 2016

Book Giveaway – Land Sharks – Beth Ferry

Beth Ferry has agreed to participate in our Holiday Book Giveaway Extravaganza with her book LAND SHARKS.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.



The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they? Full of humor and heart, this book explores the idea that sometimes, getting exactly what you don’t want turns out to be exactly what you need.



Land Shark is the story of a boy who loves sharks. He thinks a shark would make a perfect birthday present and is not happy when he receives a puppy instead. The idea came to me after seeing a friend’s puppy chewing her furniture. I started to do some research on dogs and sharks and happily discovered they had lots in common: they both have a great sense of smell, they both eat garbage, they both swim, etc. What was fun about this story is that the boy, Bobby, only comes to love and accept the puppy after the puppy destroys his house and his favorite stuffed shark. Only then does Bobby realize his dog is a lot like a shark and thus the perfect companion.

The illustrations were done by Ben Mantle and his depiction of Bobby with shark fin hair is awesome. So was the destruction shown throughout the book. I myself am personally not a fan of sharks. I live by the beach and was fearless in the water as a child. Then I saw Jaws when I was ten years old and that was it for me. Toes in only. Unless it’s really hot. Really, really hot!

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Beth Ferry is the author of Stick and Stone, a NYT bestseller. She is also the author of Land Shark, Pirate’s Perfect Pet and the upcoming A Small Blue Whale, swimming into print Fall 2017. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey where she reads and writes and often scans the water for sharks. And pirates. And whales.


Thank you Beth for sharing your book and journey with us. Have a great holiday!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Well I loved “Stick and Stone” so this one should be good! Sounds like an adorable idea. The illustrations are so colorful and just great. Posting this on twitter and Facebook 🙂

  2. Clever! I wonder if I’d pushed for a shark instead of a dog, would I have gotten a dog faster? Eager to read this, and betting lots of little boys – and girls – will be, too.

  3. Love this book and so do all the kids I have read it to/with.

  4. This looks so cute! Great premise.

  5. Looks like a successful picture book and i love the art. Well done!

  6. Looks adorable!

  7. I love this book! So fun to hear about Land Shark’s journey!

  8. I remember those days of puppy destruction–love that Bobby found his land shark! Putting this on my to-read list. It sounds like a charmer.

  9. Haha this book looks so cute!

  10. I also tweeted!

  11. I was just looking at this book online the other day. It looks great! She’s also a mentor for the WWTS mentor contest.
    Thanks for these giveaway opportunities! I’ve tweeted about it too.

  12. What a great idea. I love Beth’s books.

  13. I love Beth’s books! And what boy wouldn’t want a shark? Congrats on another title, Beth and thank you, Kathy for sharing this post!

  14. I can’t resist entering this too. Looks fantastic. On to Twitter and FB.

  15. I LOVE this book, as I do ALL of Beth’s 🙂 And she gets the BEST illustrators 😀

  16. This looks absolutely adorable! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I posted on Facebook and Twitter.

  17. This concept leaves me in stitches! Wonderful illustrations.

  18. Ooh, Im in ! its a fab book with wonderful illustration 😀

  19. Just received it from the library. Love the story and the title! Also tweeted at Thanks, Kathy!

  20. I love this book (and all books by Beth Ferry)! I have met Beth several times and she is the sweetest! I”m happy to help promote her book and Writing and Illustrating blog on my Facebook page:

  21. Love the illustrations!

  22. Can’t wait to see this book!

  23. Sounds like a fun and funny book! And reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song. 😀

  24. I never thought about it but it’s true…sharks and puppies are similar in many ways. Looking forward to reading this fun story!

  25. Looks like a fun read!

  26. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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