Kid’s Book Review: Santa Jaws

Kid’s Book Review: Santa Jaws

About the Book and Author

This picture book for young children contains a fun festive story, set rather usually in an ocean. The story is told in verse with bright full-page colour illustrations by Sophie Corrigan. Our  young reviewer thinks it is GREAT!

It is published by Bloomsbury.


Deep beneath the shimmering blue sea, it’s almost Christmas Eve, and Shelly the shark is VERY excited. She puts on her Santa suit and turns her cave into a festive Christmas grotto. Then she waits for all the little fishes to come in.

They seem strangely reluctant . . . But Sid the squid thinks all his Christmases have come at once! Will Sid get taken in by Shark’s Santa disguise – or will he be in for a big surprise?

Santa Jaws cover
Mark Sperring author

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children’s book author. Mark’s books for Bloomsbury include The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino-Mummy, Dino-Baby, Dino-Daddy, Four Silly Skeletons, The Naughty Naughty Baddies and  I’ll Love You Always.

Book Review


This is about a shark. She pretended to be Santa, then a squid named Sid visited. He screamed!

The shark cried and I felt sorry for Shelly because she was sad and she said she wouldn’t eat Sid.

This was  GREAT!


Ollie’s Mum says: Ollie loved Santa Jaws. We’ve read it for his bedtime story quite a few times now

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ollie
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: dinosaurs, vehicles and outdoor adventures
  • Dislikes: tomatoes and thunderstorms
  • Favourite Book: Diggersaurs by Michael Whaite
  • Favourite Film: The Good Dinosaur
  • Favourite Song: You’re Welcome (from Moana)