THE SELFISH CROCODILE by Faustin Charles

THE SELFISH CROCODILE

Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A weak story that has echoes of familiar folktales, but no resonance. A selfish crocodile who lived “deep in the forest” commands all the other animals to stay away from the river, which he considers his. “I’ll eat you up!” he warns. The animals have to walk “for miles out of their way” to find drinking water. One day the crocodile has a toothache, and when the others are too frightened to get close, a mouse pulls the tooth and promises to help him in the future. Consequently, the crocodile invites all the creatures to enjoy the river, although the connection between having a friend and declaring open house is left vague. The illustrations have a greeting-card charm, with 13 animals trudging off for water bearing the same pop-eyed, frowning expression. When the crocodile groans in pain, the animals don’t look toward the source of sound, but up in the air at the words “GROAN . . . GROAN.” (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-888444-56-8
Page count: 28pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999




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