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Shark Girl and Belly Button

Shark Girl sees the world in a worried way. Belly Button is more buoyant. 

Together, they share five "trifles"—light and fluffy or of little importance, depending on one's perspective: writing a letter, making paper dolls, going to a party and the playground, and appreciating the value of things, most especially their friendship. This intimate set of stories combines humor, emotion, and insight, inviting the reader to look beyond physical appearance into the thoughts and dreams inside us all.

Brought to life by noted artist Casey Riordan Millard, who has accompanied Shark Girl on artistic adventures far and wide, though this is their first literary one.



“The odd juxtaposition of delicacy and ferocity not only inspires a smile but melts one's heart.” - Melissa Starker, The Columbus Dispatch
“...the shark becomes a complex presence in this seemingly innocent, dreamy world...” - JL Schnabel, Hi Fructose magazine
“...Shark Girl has emblazoned herself into Casey's work, to the admiration of a growing, national audience of devotees. Shark Girl is a metamorphic figure combining the innocence and fragility of a young, pastel clad, patent leather shoe wearing, ivory-skinned girl, and, the unsettling, kinetic ferocity of a white-toothed shark, with inanimate seeming eyes.” - CitizenPork


2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Finalist

2014 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Finalist


Publication Information

List Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-1-936669-25-7
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 9" x 9"
Page Count: 40
Ages: 4-8

About the Author/Illustrator: 

Casey Riordan Millard has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States since graduating from Ohio University in 1994. Casey created Shark Girl in 2004 while confronting her rational and irrational fears. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, their two sons, and two cats. Shark Girl and Belly Button is her first children’s book.