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CROCODILE GENE AND HIS FRIENDS by Eduard Uspensky

CROCODILE GENE AND HIS FRIENDS

By Eduard Uspensky (Author) , Nina Ignatowicz (Translator) , Vladimir Shpitalnik (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-679-82062-0
Publisher: Knopf

 When lonely Crocodile Gene advertises for friends in the paper, a nondescript animal named Floptop and a little girl named Gail respond. The three of them are so satisfied with their newly formed friendship, they decide to match up all the lonely souls in the world. It's no easy task finding companions for characters as lacking in personality as the ones presented by Uspensky (The Little Warranty People, p. 709, etc.). A monkey who has difficulty talking, a bully who is failing in school, and a giraffe who loses friends in holes are among the many applicants. Floptop suggests building a ``House of Friendship'' where everyone can come make friends, and, despite the interference of the crotchety old hag, Fedora, and her pet rat, the edifice is completed and the friendship problem resolved. Everyone finds a suitable partner. Although this Russian story deals with comradeship, its flat characters and flagging plot make it an imperfect companion for the solitary reader. (Fiction. 6-8)