The Magic Shark Learns to Cook


The Magic Shark Learns to Cook


by Donivee Martin Laird

hard cover, color
48 pp, 8" x 9.25"


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A favorite character from The Three Little Pigs and the Magic Shark returns in a new role.  Readers of all ages will laugh at his bumbling attempts to learn to cook, and children and their parents will enjoy making the delicious local recipes, which are charmingly incorporated into the illustrations.


"The Magic Shark Learns to Cook by Donivee Martin Laird, caters to children ages 6 to 10.  The book includes local recipes that kids can make such as Frosty Papaya Smoothies, Toasted Tuna Sandwiches and Sharkyʻs Hawaiian French Toast.  Cooking terminology health and safety tips and kitchen procedures and measurements are also explained."

- Hawaii Parent 


Donivee Martin Laird is an elementary teacher at an independent school in Honolulu.  She began writing children's stories in 1980 in order to supply the literature component of a unit on Hawaii she was teaching to preschoolers. 

In 1981 Laird and printmaker Carol Ann Johnson formed their own publishing company, Barnaby Books, and launched their first book The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark.  More titles followed and today there are over 200,000 copies of their books in print.