How to Avoid Being Eaten By Sharks … and other advice

Age 8+

Humour & Jokes

A collection of hilarious, nonsensical, witty and mischievous subjects - the best (and worst) advice for growing up.

There is one sure-fire method to avoid being eaten by sharks. Don’t go in the ocean.

How can you avoid being eaten by sharks? What does it mean to ‘skateboard’ someone? Is there a chance you could be abducted by aliens? Are there zombies hiding under your brother’s bed?

In this hilarious guide, John Larkin relates his tried and tested advice for navigating the mysteries of life, with a sprinkling of some the facts and history he’s discovered along the way. Accompanied by entertaining comic-style illustrations from Chrissie Krebs, this is an education not to be missed!


John Larkin is a multi-award-winning author. His 2012 novel, The Shadow Girl, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award while The Pause won the 2015 Queensland Literary Award and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. He is the writer-in-residence at Knox Grammar School, University of Technology Sydney, and All Saints Anglican School (Gold Coast).

Chrissie Krebs is the author-illustrator of several picture books, including Pig in a Wig and There is Something Weird in Santa’s Beard. She has also illustrated picture books such as A Dinosaur Ate Dad's Hair and the 2018 CBCA Children’s Book of the Year for Early Childhood, Rodney Loses It! Chrissie is living her inner four-year-old’s dream, and cannot believe she gets paid to draw pictures all day.

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