Swim, Shark, Swim!
Swim, Shark, Swim!
Swim, Shark, Swim!
Swim, Shark, Swim!
Swim, Shark, Swim!
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Swim, Shark, Swim!

Dom Conlon and Anastasia Izlesou
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Age 3-7 | Paperback | 36 pages | 250 x 250mm
Publication February 2021 | ISBN 9781914079054

Swim around the world with Shark as he explores ocean forests and coastal reefs, meeting Hammerheads and Great Whites, stingrays and dolphins in a search for the place he calls home.

The second book in the Wild Wanderers series written by Dom Conlon and illustrated by Anastasia Izlesou. From the leap of a hare and the gentlest breeze to a blazing star and ancient trees, Wild Wanderers is a series of poetic exploration which will inspire children across the world. Each book takes a gentle and lyrical journey through biodiversity, environment and challenges to unlock a world of wonder.

    Published books in the series:

      Future books in the series:

      • Grow, Tree, Grow! 
      • Fly, Butterfly, Fly! 
      • Flow, Water, Flow!
      • Run, Cat, Run! 
      • Burn, Fire, Burn! 
      • Stomp, Elephant, Stomp! 
      • Bloom, Flower, Bloom! 
      • Dig, Ant, Dig! 

      Dom Conlon is a poet and, whether talking on BBC Radio Lancashire or running workshops for children, Dom's work is guided by nature and the stars. Dom's work has been praised by award-winning writers such as Nicola Davies, George Szirtes and Chris Riddell.

      Anastasia Izlesou is a multidisciplinary illustrator and designer from the UK. Using a mix of digital and traditional media, she creates vibrant work full of bold natural elements. The White Hare was Anastasia's first published book.

      Reviews & Endorsements:

      'a sumptuously illustrated, powerful poem with a repeated refrain (“he opens a tunnel / of bubbles and light and / swim, Shark, SWIM!”). It circumnavigates the globe, brushing fins with various shark species and conveying the dangerous beauty of their lives.' Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

      'Swim, Shark, Swim! is a book I would recommend for all ages in a primary school. It is the best kind of literature having a glorious combination of words and pictures which cast a spell over the reader.' Just Imagine

      'In this thrilling underwater odyssey, Conlon's richly-textured playful prose once again intertwines so exquisitely with Izlesou's sumptuous images. In a word? BUY!' - James Carter, children's poet/ non-fiction writer/ educationalist

      'It is incredibly important for young learners to appreciate the beauty of our oceans from an early age. That is why it is great to see books such as Swim, Shark, Swim!, with its fascinating story of the journey of a black tip shark as it travels around the world, meeting other sharks and marine creatures along the way. The illustrations are colourful and really bring the pages to life. Hopefully young readers and their families will be inspired to find out more and how to support ocean conservation and awareness raising efforts in the UK and abroad, after being inspired by reading this book.' Susannah Rodgers MBE, Ocean Ambassador (Marine Conservation Society UK).

      'It is a joy to read aloud, lyrical and flowing, and sure to excite the imagination. The blacktip reef shark encounters many other species on its journey offering a fascinating glimpse of some of the different types of shark and their habitats. A little more information is included about each at the end of the book along with other things it encounters, making the perfect starting point for further investigation. [...] Perfect for reading aloud, ‘Swim, Shark, Swim!’ would make a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.' North Somerset Teacher's Book Award (click here to read full review)

      'My mummy read Swim, Shark, Swim with me. This book has taught me about saving the world! I didn’t know sharks are so important. They have lots of different jobs to do and they swim all over the world. I like shouting “Swim, Shark, Swim!” with my brother when we read the book together.' Nala, Aged 5, Books Up North (click here to read full review)

      'Not just your standard text either, incredibly rich poetry makes it a musical read. If you were looking for a book that demonstrates the power, range and infinite possibilities that words can have, this would be it.

      The illustrations are beautifully done, with gorgeous colours and accurate representations of the diversity, beauty and danger within the underwater world.' The Book Deli

      'A beautiful marriage of science and poetry, Swim, Shark, Swim! will speak to readers of all ages and is a wonderful resource for the classroom or bookshelf.' Reading Time AU