My Baby Crocodile
My Baby Crocodile
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Annotation: A crocodile goes on a walk and finds what he believes to be an abandoned baby croc, but is it?
Catalog Number: #130992
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 56
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-592-70192-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-592-70192-6
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A plump, bespectacled crocodile is wandering around his swamp when he encounters a boy in full armor, including a pointy-snouted helmet, whom he believes is a baby crocodile. (In Croc's defense, the little knight looks very crocodilian.) The crocodile proceeds to rear his baby in the grand tradition of his kind, including swimming (the baby sinks), hunting (he unfortunately shines in the moonlight), and eating (how weird when baby wants to cook!). Dorémus' scratchy colored-pencil drawings are uproariously funny, depicting the giant rosy croc obliviously trying to care for the knight, whose helmet carries a surprisingly rich range of expressions. The text, moreover, in a scrawly red font, amplifies the humor with its hilarious contrast to the artfully abstract pictures. A little abruptly, the perspective shifts to the knight halfway through, and more laughs emerge when he wonders why the crocodile isn't eating him. If there's one criticism, it's that the story's a bit long, but kids tickled by the weird scenarios and outlandishness probably won't mind the length.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A spirited tale of love, loss, and the endurance of friendship. Alone and "asleep" in a swampy jungle, a young knight is discovered by a grown-up crocodile. The crocodile thinks the armored knight is a baby croc, and his nurturing instincts kick in. He tries to care for the wee one by offering food, warm baths, and protection, but nothing goes quite right. He also attempts to teach the small crocodile survival techniques, but they often go awry. After a few misadventures, the young knight sheds his armor and the two rediscover and redefine their relationship. Can a young boy and a grown-up crocodile really be friends, or is it just too dangerous for each of them? Told from two perspectives, this unique picture book explores the connections that bind us. From the beginning, readers are drawn in by the crocodile's story, but just at the climax, when the boy reveals who he really is, a new point of view is added, creating interest and complexity. The push and pull dynamic of the two characters is highlighted by the text color and size assigned to each of them. The illustrations are drawn in jewel tones, with copiously detailed pen strokes. Children will find the story funny, full of adventure, and maybe even a little sad. The various emotions evoked by the tale will spark a wealth of meaningful conversation about friendship and trust. VERDICT A lovely choice for picture book collections. Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD530L

Told from two different perspectives, My Little Crocodile is about a chance meeting between a crocodile and what he believes to be a "baby crocodile." This meeting profoundly changes their lives, which then continue along their own individual paths, though the bonds of love and intimacy remain. The story plays with ideas about the relationship between parent and child as well as with those about how how deeply chance and the choices we make affect us throughout our lives. Born in 1971, Gaëtan Dorémus received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Dorémus has illustrated over twenty books and has produced hundreds of editorial illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a papa.

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