Dad There's a Hammerhead in the Shed by Rum Charles is a captivating Children's book that features Vanessa, an adventurous and imaginative character who lives with her father. When Vanessa discovers a Hammerhead Shark in her dad's shed, she is stunned and wonders why it is there. She discovers the shark is struggling to get a nail from its nose. She is excited to help and she seeks assistance from her dad. Helping Hammerhead get the nail out of its nose becomes an exercise that teaches her how to use an important tool in her father's shed while building a new friendship with the sea creature.
It is a quick read for Children and one of the strengths of this book is the colorful illustrations. My five-year-old daughter read the book to me and said it was fun. She loved the colors. But most of all it was Vanessa's character that won her heart. Vanessa is depicted as an out-going kid; she is talkative and adventurous. She likes to try things and is ready to help. The relationship between the young girl and her father is built on trust. The father tells her what to do and trusts that she can do it by herself. It is interesting to see her try and fail to remove the nail from Hammerhead's nose: ''It won't budge.'' But by listening to her father and trying something else, she eventually succeeds. This book is entertaining but it has a strong lesson on friendship and learning for Children. Dad There's a Hammerhead in the Shed is a perfect gift for Children who are book lovers.