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AKIMBO AND THE CROCODILE MAN by Alexander McCall Smith

AKIMBO AND THE CROCODILE MAN

By Alexander McCall Smith (Author) , LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-58234-692-5
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Akimbo’s third adventure resembles his earlier experiences. A straightforward plot, spare storytelling and avuncular tone create a contemporary chapter book with an old-fashioned feel. Neither Akimbo’s homeland nor his age is revealed, giving the story either a universal appeal or an oddly unfinished aspect, depending on your point of view. Akimbo is, as always, brave and clever. Intrigued by a zoologist studying crocodiles, Akimbo accompanies him while he works. When a crocodile attacks the scientist, Akimbo must find help. His success is never in question, making for very little real suspense in his dangerous trip through crocodile-infested waters. The convenient coincidences of his having recently learned how to hotwire an ignition and the arrival of one of his father’s colleagues fit perfectly with the style of the series. Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 7-10)