GATOR by Randy Cecil


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Age Range: 6 - 8
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Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Missing the laughter and action of years past, Croc at last shakes off the dust, and, despite a “hole in his heart where the pole had been,” leaves the abandoned amusement park. After walking through a deep, dark forest he comes upon a zoo, and attracts an intrigued young visitor who follows him home. By the time Croc arrives, he’s at the head of an entire procession of zoo-goers whose presence instantly makes the carousel mysteriously come back to life. Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-7636-2952-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2007


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